Seven American Deaths and Disasters by Kenneth Goldsmith

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Mr. Goldsmith’s book is a kind of atrocity exhibition, also a little black book of heartbreak. Sometimes his editing skills fail him. Several of these sections go on too long and become repetitive.
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About Kenneth Goldsmith

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Kenneth Goldsmith's writing has been called "some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry" by Publishers Weekly. Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb (, and the editor of I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which was the basis for an opera, Trans-Warhol, that premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. An hour-long documentary on his work, Sucking on Words was first shown at the British Library in 2007. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. He held The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Professorship in American Studies at Princeton University for 2009-10 and received the Qwartz Electronic Music Award in Paris in 2009. In May 2011, he was invited to read at President Obama's A Celebration of American Poetry at the White House, where he also held a poetry workshop with First Lady Michelle Obama. In 2011, he co-edited, Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing and published a book of essays, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age. Goldsmith was invited to participate in dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Germany, 2012. In 2012, dOCUMENTA(13) published his Letter to Bettina Funcke as part of their "100 Notes-100 Thoughts" book series.
Published March 12, 2013 by powerHouse Books. 176 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Jun 18 2013

Mr. Goldsmith’s book is a kind of atrocity exhibition, also a little black book of heartbreak. Sometimes his editing skills fail him. Several of these sections go on too long and become repetitive.

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