Al Filreis

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15-minute video on translating surrealism

In this video, Alan Bernheimer responds to questions about his translation of Philippe Soupault’s Lost Profiles: A Memoir of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, which was published in November by City Lights. The book is a retrospective of a crucial period in modernism, written by a co-founder of the Surrealist movement. The...

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“The Believer” (2002) — about a Jewish skinhead

At my holocaust site (which includes many materials dating from the mid-1990s in particular — but which I haven’t added to much lately) there is a good review dated 2002 of the film The Believer, winner of the grand jury prize at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, in which a young Jew...

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1960: books about Nazis overwhelm shoppers

This drawing illustrates an article published in a 1960 issue of the New York Times about the republication that year of Mein Kamp and the spate just then of books about the Nazis. What’s a bookstore shopper to do? [Click on the image for a larger view.]

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Studs Terkel talks with Langston Hughes & others, 1960

Thanks to George Drury and Lois Baum, PennSound has recently added a stunningly good cache of audio recordings from the “Word of Mouth” series, originally aired on WFMT at Loyola University, Chicago. Among these recordings is a conversation among Langston Hughes, John Sellers, James Cotton and Otis Spann, moderated by...

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Tracie Morris performs 5 poems (video)

Recently, in honor of William J. (Billy Joe) Harris, Tracie Morris performed five poems. Now Dylan Leahy of the PennSound staff has segmented the video I shot of the performance. These five video segments are available at Jacket2 magazine HERE.