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

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Paul Auster

Thirty years after the publication of The Invention of Solitude, Paul Auster returns to the memoir form with Winter Journal, one of the twelve titles included in this issue's Page One. In this video, Auster reads from the first chapter of the memoir, published this month by Henry Holt.

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Emma Straub on Cats and Writing

"Writing can be so lonely," says Emma Straub, who is profiled in the current issue of the magazine, "that it's nice to have another warm body nearby, snuggling up next to you." Listen to the author of Laura Lamont's Life In Pictures reflect on the bond between artists and animals in this video from the Morgan Library & Museum and read Eryn Loeb's new profile, "Emma Straub's Life in Letters (So Far)."

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The Dog Stars

Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan (Knopf, 1993) offers what might be the perfect voice-over for Peter Heller's The Dog Stars, the story of a pilot living in a world filled with loss, published this month by Knopf.

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Helen DeWitt's "Recovery"

In this video for Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, Erin Smith animates and scores a sentence from "Recovery" by Helen DeWitt, set to music by Spookfish. Here's the sentence: "Um, okay, no, not purring like, obviously, producing a sound that is more reminiscent of steam engine FX than your typical purr."

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Noah & Dru's Novel

In the first episode of UCB Comedy's web series about two best friends trying to coauthor a novel, Noah and Dru agree upon some ground rules to make their weekly casual writer meetings more effective.

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The Voices of Fonts

A self-confessed "nerd about fonts" imagines what the voices of some of the most popular fonts would sound like.

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David Rakoff

In a short video from earlier this year, the author of three essay collections, including his most recent, Half Empty (Doubleday, 2010), and a frequent contributor to This American Life, talks about why he writes, the nature of creativity, and why writing only gets harder. Rakoff died on Thursday night after a battle with cancer. He was forty-seven.

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Charles Yu

The author of the new story collection Sorry Please Thank You (Pantheon), who is profiled in the current issue of the magazine by contributing editor Kevin Nance, talks about "not writing" as a means to being more productive, counterfeit writing, and writing that "slips out like a burp."

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Anna Blume

Inspired by the poem "An Anna Blume," written in 1919 by German artist Kurt Schwitters, this short film by Vessela Dantcheva explores the ways in which "lust and ingestion, disguised in love, drive the two characters to an end where love turns to be a very lonesome and strange place."

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Bill Murray Reads Wallace Stevens

Actor Bill Murray read two poems by Wallace Stevens at Bubby's Brooklyn as part of Poets House's seventeenth annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge last month.

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