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Ken Jacobs Reading, Pt. 1

Ken Jacobs reads his 1961 story The Day the Moon Gave up the Ghost.
Jacobs is a filmmaker from New York, the founder of Millennium Film
and a lifelong activist for aesthetic invention. Henry Hills'
portrait of Jacobs, Nervous Ken is available on PennSound.
Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of cinema, emeritus, at
SUNY-Binghamton. Two DVD sets of Jacobs’s work - the epic Star
Spangled to Death
and New York Ghetto Fishmarket 1903 - are available
at Jacobs’s website (28 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.