My publisher’s note to the student-made “Autobiography of Gertrude Stein”
The students of Kenneth Goldsmith’s year-long seminar, “Writing about Contemporary Art,” have made an exact replica of Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas — well, exact except that their book is titled The Autobiography of Gertrude Stein and all references to Gertrude in the third person have been first person. Otherwise (that’s some “otherwise” though) the book looks exactly like the old first edition that was the model. I have written a Publisher’s Note for this volume and am providing a sneak preview of it here. It’s about art and pedagogy.