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

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Natasha Trethewey

The new poet laureate is seen here reading "Theories of Time and Space" at last year's Oxford Conference for the Book in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Garden of Your Mind

Lest we forget the simple pleasures of the imagination, we present John Boswell's incredible tribute to the person who nurtured a lot of writers before they ever knew how to write: Mister Rogers.

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Ray Bradbury

The author, who died on Wednesday at the age of ninety-one, is seen here in a 2009 conversation with Lawrence Bridges about his best-known work, the novel Fahrenheit 451. President Barack Obama noted yesterday that Bradbury's "gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world."

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My Little Gatsby

What would happen if you took Baz Luhrmann's trailer for The Great Gatsby and combined it with clips from the animated My Little Pony series? Thanks to YouTube we need wonder no longer. Enjoy Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) as Pinky Pie and Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as Rainbow Dash.

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Pen to Paper

When you get right down to it, writing is (or used to be) all about putting marks on a piece of paper. And while there are plenty of inspiring photographs and videos celebrating the typewriter, this clip of John Mottishaw writing with a custom fountain pen (using an ink called Iroshizuku Tsuki-uo Night Sky, or Greenish Deep Blue) is oddly captivating. (The writing starts at about the 1:58 mark.)

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Tom Wolfe: Blood Lines

The release of Oscar Corral's independent documentary film will coincide with the October publication of Tom Wolfe's fourth novel, Back to Blood, which is set in Miami and focuses on the subject of immigration.

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The Age of Miracles

Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel, one of the books generating a lot of prepublication buzz this summer, sets the coming-of-age story of an eleven-year-old girl against the backdrop of a natural calamity unlike anything anyone has ever seen. Foreign rights to The Age of Miracles have already been sold in more than two dozen countries; Random House will publish it in the U.S. later this month.

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This Idea Is Not Working

Anyone who sits down to write a brand-new poem, story, essay—anything—will likely relate to this short film by Henrique Barone, who completed it while he was a student at Vancouver Film School last year. "Maybe a giant robot...or a crazy musician...no,no, an old lady...and a snake...well, this idea is not working."

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Christopher Plummer as Vladimir Nabokov

Ever wonder what it must have been like to sit in on a class taught by Vladimir Nabokov? Christopher Plummer plays the great Russian author, who taught at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, from 1948 to 1959, in this magnificently odd clip from 1989.

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Spirit of Detroit

"We walk north, as the spirit of Detroit watches over us," writes Victor "Billione" Walker, whose Detroit Poetry Blog seeks to keep the city's poetry community connected. This video, for Walker's poem "Undercurrent," features photos by Roy Feldman and William Archie.

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