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

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The Publishing Revolution

Richard Nash, the former head of Soft Skull Press and currently the CEO of Cursor and publisher of Red Lemonade who's interviewed by Gabriel Cohen in the current issue's special section, is shown here at this year's BookExpo America, where he discussed the ongoing changes in the publishing industry.

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Joan Didion

In this footage from an interview with NBC's Tom Brokaw in the 1970s, Joan Didion, who is shown with her late husband John Gregory Dunne, talks about the power of writing ("It's the only aggressive act I have") and her love of California ("I'm not sure I could work in a city"). Of course, Didion moved to New York City in 1988 and has lived there ever since. Near the end of the clip, watch Didion's poignant response to Brokaw's question about her optimism about the future.

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Ruth Gruber

"My father, he'd say, 'You have to have a career.' I said, 'I want to be a writer.'" Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Ruth Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age twenty-four. "Ahead of Time," a documentary by Bob Richman, tells the story of how Gruber defied tradition in an extraordinary career that has spanned more than seven decades.

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The Letters of Ernest Hemingway

The first volume of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, published last month by Cambridge University Press, collects the correspondence of the Nobel Prize winner, including postcards, telegrams, and drafts of letters, written between 1907 and 1922 and never intended for publication.

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Catch-22

Earlier this year Simon & Schuster released a fiftieth-anniversary edition of Joseph Heller's Catch-22, the satrical novel set during World War II that is frequently cited as one of the great literary works of the twentieth century. Heller began writing it in 1953, and the novel was first published in November 1961.

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The Raven

John Cusack plays Edgar Allan Poe in James McTeigue's fictionalized account of the author's pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in his stories.The movie is slated for release next March.

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The Beat Hotel

Directed by Alan Govenar, the new film The Beat Hotel explores the legacy of Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso, and other American Beats who took refuge in a cheap no-name hotel in Paris during the late fifties and early sixties.

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Remaindered

In Lee Goldberg's short film Remaindered, which is based on one of Goldberg's short stories and was shot on a budget of fifteen hundred dollars, a once-famous author desperate to regain his lost glory travels the back-roads of middle America selling remaindered fifth-editions of his first book out of the trunk of his car.

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Alice Walker

"So in the end you can't even really regret your misfortunes—because they led you somewhere," says Alice Walker in this retrospective video from Open Road Media, which recently released Walker's work, including The Color Purple, in digital form.

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Nathan Englander

The latest Single Sentence Animation from Electric Literature features a line from Nathan Englander's "The Reader" and animation by Drew Christie.

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