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

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Jonathan Safran Foer and Jeffrey Eugenides

”I have a fair amount of fear when I am writing a book. You need to hate your work, but if you hate it too much it will stop you from writing," says Jeffrey Eugendies in this conversation with Jonathan Safran Foer, moderated by journalist Martin Krasnik and filmed at the Louisiana Literature Festival in 2012.

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Lawrence Weschler

The former New Yorker staff writer and director emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU delivered this keynote address, "A Typology of Convergences: Towards a Unified Field Theory of Cultural Transmission," at the 2013 Graduate Student Conference at the School of Visual Arts.

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"21"

Patrick Roche performs his poem "21" at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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"Human Events"

In this Single Sentence Animation for Electric Literature, Martha Colburn animates "Human Events" by Stephen O'Connor. Music by Thollem McDonas.

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Elizabeth Gilbert

In this video from a TED conference in March, Elizabeth Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple—though hard—way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

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Mary Roach

The author of five books, including her most recent, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, talks about her favorite authors, how she chooses what to write, where she finds her subjects, and whether writing her new book changed the way she eats.

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Some Thoughts on Kindness

"I'd say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than 'Try to be kinder.'" In May 2013 George Saunders gave a commencement speech at Syracuse University. It was recently published as a book, Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness, published earlier this month by Random House, as well as, in abbreviated form, this animated video, narrated by Saunders himself.

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High-Fives

This video, produced by Slow Clap, is based on Ben Mirov's poem "High-Fives," from the book Hider Roser, published by Octopus Books. It features music by the band Javelin and stars Dashiell Hillman, Adrian Deane, and Kelly Sanchez.

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Claudia Rankine

In "Situation 5," a short film by Jackson Prize–winning poet Claudia Rankine and photographer John Lucas, a history of racial oppression forms the backdrop to a lyrical meditation on racism, imprisonment, and identity. "My brothers are notorious. Though they have not been to prison, they have been imprisoned. But the prison is not a place you enter. It is no place."

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Self-Publishing: Cover Design

Polly Courtney, the author of six novels who self-published her latest, Feral Youth (2013), after being frustrated by the "chick-lit" covers assigned to her by HarperCollins, offers the second in her series of how-to videos on self-publishing.

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