Kenneth Goldsmith Fidget (, Coach House Books) (MP3) Recorded at the WFMU studios, Jersey City, New Jersey, September March Fidget has 86 ratings and 13 reviews. mwpm said: every move Kenneth Goldsmith’s body made on June 16, * * *Eyelids open. Tongue runs acros. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed No. , Fidget ruthlessly documents every movement made by Goldsmith’s body on Bloomsday (June 16) from

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Although the gesture is perhaps more enjoyable as a concept than as a reading experience, the collection does provide numerous pleasures resulting from incongruous verbal juxtapositions and from the conflation of banalities with historical insight.

Right hand moves palm up. Pelvis pushes on bladder, releasing urine. Moves from wrist in half-spiral counterclockwise rotation. Lists with This Book. Tongue slides across upper rim of teeth, probing crevices. Moves from wrist in half-spiral clockwise rotation. I admire Soliloquy and Fidget for the way they deform time in relation to the body. Muscles in right thigh and left buttocks stretch. Unless you enjoy pages upon pages of, “Left hand down. Right foot swings right. Right foot poised away from body.

Moves slightly to right in half semi-circle.

Kenneth Goldsmith Reads Fidget

Fingers wrap around neck. Kenneth Goldsmith’s poetry elevates copying to an art, but did he go too far? Left hand rests on lap. With influences ranging from John Cage and Andy Warhol to contemporary hip hop and internet artists, Goldsmith has pushed the limits of late twentieth century poetics to both reinvigorate and pioneer aspects of visual poetry, sound poetry, the list poem, and digital poetics.


Arms parallel arms of chair. As might be expected from his training, Goldsmith’s initial artistic productions were sculptural, carved book-objects bearing ironic titles or concepts for example, a pound facsimile of Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book. Left hand touches thumb. Retrieved from ” https: Left hand to face.

Drops into next molar. Right wrist turns counterclockwise. Right hand caresses left. Daniel rated it really liked it Oct 26, Teeth mechanically open as tongue slides in and out. From 26 July to 31 AugustGoldsmith curated a conceptual art project called Printing out the Internet in collaboration with LABOR and UbuWeb, that invited the public to print and send pages from the Internet to an art gallery in Mexico City, with the intention to literally print out the entire Internet.

Hands move behind head.

Tips of fingers graze side of head. Air pins go,dsmith to teeth. Backs of hands press against flat of neck. Right foot propels body forward. May 28, Amy rated it it was amazing. Thumb moves toward shoulder. Elbow turns upward as knuckles of fist jam neck.

Kenneth Goldsmith

Teeth grind back and forth. Tongues moves to left side of mouth. Although each of Goldsmith’s works is audacious and original, it holdsmith entirely consistent.

Right heel touches ground. But ultimately there is no reason to actually read Fidget. Left toes dig into underside of right knee. Head props on pillow.

Transfers to left hand. Designed to investigate how much a person speaks in an average week, the answer is pages, or about 5 pounds. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Moves from wrist in full-spiral counterclockwise rotation. Thumb bends and rests atop collarbone. I get what this book was trying to do, and it was successful goldsmlth it, but I wouldn’t reccomend anyone actually read the book, while it is an interesting concept. Whereas the latter contains every word Kenneth spoke for a week, this one is every motion he made for a day — it turned out to be a far more excrutiating project than K expected.


Tip of index finger meets thumb in triangular formation.

Shoulder lifts above elbow. With Head Citationshowever, Goldsmith is much more playful, presenting misheard pop song lyrics the title, for example, is a misreading of the Beach Boys hit “Good Vibrations”. The chapbook Gertrude Stein on Punctuation reproduces an excerpt from Stein ‘s famous lecture “Poetry and Grammar” in which she provides a rationale for the use of certain forms of punctuation over others. He has also collaborated with musician David Grubbs with texts from Fidget.

Tip of tongue caresses inside of cheek.

He is the founding editor of UbuWeb and is a senior editor of PennSound at the University of Pennsylvaniawhere he teaches.

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