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Kenneth Goldsmith and UbuWeb

UBUWEB ( started out in 1996 much like an online fanzine devoted to concrete poetry, but it has grown to incorporate the functions of a virtual publishing house (via PDF), record company (via MP3), and, most recently, film distributor (via Flash). In its archival breadth, UbuWeb is now something like a library or museum. And since it doesn’t require a building and has nearly no overhead, its usefulness to the avant-garde seems certain to continue, uncompromised and unabated, at least as long as its creator, Kenneth Goldsmith, devotes his energy to it.

Goldsmith credits himself as “publisher” of the site, but his role seems more closely related to his work under another moniker: Kenny G, a DJ on WFMU in New Jersey whose weekly three-hour radio show, currently titled “Intelligent Design,” is like a cross between Uncle Floyd and a PBS documentary on “new music.” To take a recent

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