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George Kuchar Reading, Part 1

George Kuchar (1942 – 2011) sat for three sessions with Charles Bernstein. In this first of two in which he reads from his work we hear his essays Cans and Cassettes (c. 2006) and The Movie Factory (c. 2008). George Kuchar has written, directed, lighted, and edited some of the most startling, original, and comic films of the New American cinema, in more than 40 years of work. Kuchar wrote and starred in the underground classic porno comedy Thundercrack!, directed by Curt McDowell in 1975 (35 minutes).


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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.