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

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We Learn Nothing

"Now that I'm a grownup, I'm appalled to find out how much of my time is spent having unbelievably boring conversations," says satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider in this trailer for his new book of essays and cartoons, We Learn Nothing (Free Press), in which he turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition.

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The Great Gatsby

Can Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, and Jason Clarke do justice to one of the greatest American novels of all time? We'll find out this Christmas when Baz Luhrmann's eagerly anticipated The Great Gatsby arrives in theaters. 

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Out of a Forest

Ever felt like the bunny at the dinner party? Inspired by Victorian literature, "Out of a Forest" is a short film by Tobias Gundorff, Katrine Kiilerich Poulsen, Martin Bested, and Frederik Villumsen, shot on location in forests around Viborg, Demark, at night.

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Recommended Reading

A new weekly journal of fiction from the folks who brought you Electric Literature, Recommended Reading will publish one story, chosen by a diffferent author or editor, every week. "In this age of distraction, we'll uncover writing that's worth slowing down and spending some time with," editors Benjamin Samuel and Halimah Marcus say about their latest project. "And in doing so, we'll help give great writers, literary magazines, and independent presses the recognition (and readership) they deserve."

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The Page's Wing

Do the books on your shelves whisper to you, too? Check out this dramatic trailer for The Page's Wing, a short film directed by Federico Campanale, with excellent photography by Ben Geraerts.

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Leni Zumas

This animated short film based on Leni Zumas's first novel, The Listeners, published by Tin House Books this month, features art and animation by Luca Dipierro and music by Father Murphy. Zumas was featured in the magazine's First Fiction Annual back in 2008 for her debut story collection, Farewell Navigator (Open City Books).

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Carlos Fuentes

This video, produced by AARP last year, takes a look at the life of celebrated novelist Carlos Fuentes, who died on Tuesday in Mexico City. He was eighty-three. Fuentes was the author of more than twenty books, including the novel Destiny and Desire, which was translated by Edith Grossman and published by Random House last January.

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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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