Essays About Inventions

Bernstein's highly anticipated new work, All the Whisky in Heaven, will be published in Spring 2010 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Also to be released in the upcoming year is a Companion to Charles Bernstein, which will be published by Salt Publishing, the winner of the prestigious 2008 Nielsen Innovation of the Year award.

In 2005, Bernstein was awarded the Dean's Award for Innovation in Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania.

He has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University, Brown University, and Princeton University.

Photo by Desmond Boylan/Reuters RIGHT: Farmer Carlos Frachi invented a crop irrigation system using soda bottles. Read more about Cuban inventions in How communism turned Cuba into an island of hackers and DIY engineers.

The electric engine from the widely-owned Soviet Aurika washing machine is commonly repurposed.

The rikimbili, prohibited, but widely used in Cuba, is made of a bicycle with a motor attached. LEFT: Cuban inventor Yolando Perez Baez demonstrates his engine-starting device which can work in the place of a starter motor-a component that frequently fails.

A large weight is hoisted up and dropped to spin a flywheel to start motors around the farm.

Bernstein is so pleasant to read, and this book is filled with great essays that suggest some of the best ways one might approach poetry & teach it.

And for that, this is an incredibly important book, for those who teach, or should be teaching poetry.

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