and here is one of the reasons I work at a place like Penn State -- just a half hour after that reading, and a short walk away, there was another reading by Charles Bernstein. The photo here at the top is not from the reading, but from Bernstein's segment of the Sean Connery film Finding Forrester, in which Charles plays the role of a school principal. He looks in this photo very much to be playing the same role he brought off to great effect in his Yellow Pages commercial, which he replayed for us the next day at the beginning of his talk.
The talk drew primarily from Bernstein's forthcoming book, Attack of the Difficult Poems, available for preorder from University of Chicago Press here.
Thanks again to Jeff Nealon for organizing Bernstein's visit. I've been reading the poems and essays of Charles Bernstein for more than three decades now, and wrote an early review of Controlling Interests for the D.C. mag Gargoyle during my student days. "So really not visit a remember to strange" he wrote in that book, no doubt foreseeing his 2010 touchdown in Happy Valley.