KARL KRAUS: THE LAST DAYS OF MANKIND ACT I SCENE1

KARL KRAUS: THE LAST DAYS OF MANKIND ACT I SCENE1

JOURNALIST 2:    The most important thing is what’s happening on the street. If there’s a dog demonstrating on a corner, the Boss wants to picture it. Yesterday he told me to look for ‘scenes of everyday life’. But I find all the pushing and shoving very disagreeable. I had to join in with the Watch on the Rhine – let’s go, it’s starting up; look at them, I know the mood, we’ll suddenly find ourselves right in the middle, singing God Save the Emperor.

 

JOURNALIST 1:    God forbid! We could be writing about it instead of standing here. The Boss says we’ve got to make the public hungry for the war and the paper, the two things go together. The detail, that’s what matters, with light and shade and lots of Viennese atmosphere. We need to show how all class distinction was abandoned – people waved from cars and carriages – a lady in the finest lace stepped out of her car and threw her arms round a woman with a faded headscarf. All of one heart and one mind.

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