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A curated selection of videos, including book trailers, brief interviews, and other literary curiosities updated daily.

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Word Crimes

"Weird Al" Yankovic is "gonna familiarize you with the nomenclature" in his latest parody, set to the tune of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Rules on pronouns, prepositions, contractions, and punctuation are thoroughly covered, along with the misuse of the word "literally."

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Walter Kirn

The novelist, critic, and essayist shares why he thinks writers are "predatory in a benevolent way" and how he met his inspiration for Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade (Liveright, 2014), a memoir of his friendship with a con man and convicted murderer.

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Elissa Washuta

"Still I miss those frightening times, those ugly moods, that mix of irrational up and devastating low. I miss them because they were mine." Elissa Washuta's memoir, My Body Is a Book of Rules, will be published by Red Hen Press in August.

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Tracy K. Smith

"In my own writing, I feel safest when I'm farthest from what I know." Tracy K. Smith reads "Digging" by Seamus Heney, the poem she feels "invited her to start writing poetry," and from "My God, It's Full of Stars," a poem she wrote about her father. This video, part of the P.O.P. series, was shot and edited by Rachel Eliza Griffiths in collaboration with the American Academy of Poets.

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There's Nothing

"There's nothing I can tell you that you don't already know." Leah Browning's meditative poem "There's Nothing" is portrayed in this clip from Poetry Storehouse. Browning's third chapbook, In The Chair Museum, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2013.

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Epitaph in Reverse

In this clip, poet Bianca Stone combines poetry, music, and art, telling a story through the deconstruction of her own drawings. Stone is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books, 2014).

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Karl Ove Knausgaard

Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard was well known for his fiction in his native country, but his six-volume, 3,600-page autobiography, My Struggle, has made him a literary sensation, with some calling his long form and brutal honesty ground-breaking. In this clip, author Jeffrey Eugenides interviews Knausgaard on what it was like to write without shame. "It felt like a rush, is it possible to say this? And if it is, that's freedom."

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Some Small Room for Surprise

"I thought we were going to get / the end of the story this afternoon. / I was mistaken." Based on the poem "Some Small Room for Surprise" by Jen Karetnick, with music by Elan Hickler, this video was filmed for the Poetry Storehouse.

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I Hear America Singing

In this clip, from the satellite-radio show Theme Time Radio Hour, Bob Dylan reads Walt Whitman's poem "I Hear America Singing." Here's to a happy, healthy, creative, and inspired Independence Day!

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Postcards

Avant-garde artist, performer, and writer Barbara Rosenthal superimposes curious text on 35mm slides to create a series of three postcards. Paired with melancholy music, the piece captures a glimpse of a much larger story brewing just beneath the surface. Rosenthal has kept a lifelong journal since age eleven—the subject of several international exhibitions.

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