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

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"What Do We Have in Our Pockets?"

Directed by Goran Goran Dukić and based on Etgar Keret’s story published last year by failbetter and collected in Suddenly, a Knock at the Door (FSG), this short film premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Ishmael Reed

"I'm not a linear thinker," says Ishmael Reed in this video from Open Road Media. "That's one of the reasons I'm able to make different associations that people wouldn't ordinarily make." The author of ten novels, including Mumbo Jumbo (1972), as well as plays, essays, and poems, Reed talks about his unique style of telling stories, which draw upon different languages, religions, and other cultural influences.

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"Our Education"

In this animation for the free fiction magazine Recommended Reading, Grier Dill animates and scores the following sentence from "Our Education" by Lincoln Michel: "Did we as students, in our weakness, fabricate whole memories from these scattered, pointless items?"

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Sharon Olds

"No one ever signs up to have a mom who is an autobiographical family poet," the poet says as she explains why she waited fifteen years to publish the poems, about the end of her marriage, in Stag's Leap (Knopf), winner of the 2012 T. S. Eliot Prize.

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Richard Blanco

Poet Richard Blanco reads his poem "One Today" for President Obama's second inauguration on Monday.

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Sterling Lord

Frank Deford, Jimmy Breslin, and Charlotte Sheedy reflect on the extraordinary life and career of literary agent Sterling Lord, who has represented Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, and countless others, in this video from Open Road Media, the publisher of Lord's new memoir, Lord of Publishing

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Margaret Atwood

For last year's Nexus Conference in Amsterdam, the Nexus Institute brought together the world’s foremost intellectuals, artists, diplomats, politicians, and other decision makers and asked them to speak about the theme "How to Change the World." One of the participants, Margaret Atwood, focused her attention in on fiction, the future, and the environment.

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The Drunken Poets

Andy Knowlton, an American poet and mixed-media artist living in Seoul, South Korea, makes hand-made dolls out of materials he finds on the streets then places them in random locations around the city's Itaewon neighborhood. Each doll in the Drunken Poets project features a bottle containing an original poem.

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Traveling Troubadour

This brief documentary by Kristin Moe follows Kendall Merriam, the Johnny Appleseed of poetry in Rockland, Maine. The video was produced at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.

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Behold, Our Bodies

The words of this poem, "Our Bodies (A Sinner's Prayer)" by Matt Mullins, are taken from a sermon by the late televangelist Oral Roberts, edited and remixed by the poet. 

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