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

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2 Fresh 2 Furious

This short film, starring comedian and author Mike Birbiglia and "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross, was part of last week's live "This American Life" show that was seen in movie theaters across the country. Birbiglia's 2010 book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories, was made into a movie that will be released by IFC Films this fall.

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A Writer's Life

"I think if people knew how hard we worked, they would pay us more." Enjoy the first tongue-in-cheek episode of A Writer's Life With Susan Juby.

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A Tenth-Grader's Words

This stop-motion animation was created by Lacey Meek, a tenth grader at Animas High School (AHS) in Durango, Colorado, for the AHS Poetry Exhibition "Curious Words & Coffee Stains."

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Are You My Mother?

The trailer for Are You My Mother? offers a glimpse into Alison Bechdel's fascinating "metabook," published this month by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in which she investigates her mother's life in search of clues about the mother-daughter gulf. For a closer look, check out this issue's installment of The Written Image.

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Naomi Shihab Nye

It may be Ocho de Mayo, but it's not too late to watch Naomi Shihab Nye read her poem "Cinco de Mayo" (from Transfer, published by BOA Editions last year) for PBS NewHour's Weekly Poem.

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Thoreau and the Lightning

This month's selection from Motionpoems is Adam Tow's visual interpretation of David Wagoner's poem "Thoreau and the Lightning," from the collection After the Point of No Return (Copper Canyon Press, 2011).

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Patrick Somerville

The trailer for Patrick Somerville's second novel, This Bright River, forthcoming in late June from Regan Arthur Books, will likely strike a chord with anyone who grew up in the pre-Internet age playing text adventures such as Zork (which also factors into the back story of one of the new novel's main characters, Ben Hanson). "I hoped that the 'user'—as well as the viewer—would be a little creeped out, but also intrigued," Somerville says. Mission accomplished.

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Joyce Maynard

"Having been much criticized for lots of things I've talked about actually is a very liberating thing," says Joyce Maynard in this clip from Open Road Media. Maynard is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, in which she revealed her relationship with J. D. Salinger when he was fifty-three and she was eighteen.

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Ophelia's Skull

This work by Owen W. Lee is part of a project that aims to recode Shakespeare from a contemporary perspective. The skull represents a well-known tragic character, Ophelia in Hamlet, who is often used as a symbol of tragic death.

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Cosmopolis

What happens when you mix equal parts Don DeLillo and David Cronenberg, add an estimated budget of more than twenty million dollars, and stir vigorously? Cosmopolis, based on the 2003 novel and starring Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel, and Paul Giamatti, is an official selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

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