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

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Kesey's Magic Trip

In 1964 author Ken Kesey and his Merry Band of Pranksters set off on an LSD-fueled bus trip to the New York World's Fair. Along the way they intended to make a documentary, but the film was never finished. Directors Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood were given access to the raw footage to create Magic Trip, which is now available on iTunes and Netflix.

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Natalie Goldberg on NaNoWriMo

"National Novel Writing Month, I think, fits in beautifully with writing practice," says Natalie Goldberg in this video from Open Road Media. "Go for one month. Go mad." For more information on NaNoWriMo (hurry! November is almost half over), visit www.nanowrimo.org.

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"Daily Bread" by Steve Edwards

Electric Literature's latest Single Sentence Animation takes a hallucinatory turn as Steve Edwards writes, "The doctors say we're still functioning at the same cognitive level on mental tests, but it doesn't feel right to read a book when all you really want to do is eat it."

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Imagining the World Without Birds

In Fall of the Birds, a new novella available as an e-book from Open Road Media, fiction writer and Conjunctions editor Bradford Morrow tells the story of a man who tracks an inexplicable plague of bird deaths. "Thinking of a world without birds would almost be like stripping out a color from the spectrum," Morrow says in this short video.

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In Praise of No Reasons

Nate Pritts reads a poem from his new collection, Sweet Nothing, which was published last month by Lowbrow Press and is one of the books included in this issue's installment of Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin.

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Organizing the Bookshelves

In this playful video a reader transforms his alphabetically ordered bookshelves into a literary display of the color spectrum.

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Joan Didion's Blue Nights

In this excerpt from a short film directed by Griffin Dunne, Joan Didion reads from the second chapter of her new memoir, Blue Nights. Be sure to read Kevin Nance's moving profile of Didion in the current issue and listen to Kimberly Farr read a passage of the audio book.

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Moby-Dick in Pictures

Inspired by Herman Melville's masterpiece, Ohio artist Matt Kish crafted an original piece of art for each page of Moby-Dick. The resulting collection was published in October by Tin House Books. Take a closer look at Kish's work in this issue's installment of The Written Image as well as the related slideshow, which features eleven images from Moby-Dick in Pictures.

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"Andrew Wyeth, Painter, Dies at 91"

L. S. Klatt reads a poem from Cloud of Ink (University of Iowa Press, 2011) in this short film by Tom Jacobsen. Andrew Wyeth, who died in 2009, was a visual artist best known for his painting "Christina's World," an image of which appears in the clip.

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Blake Butler's Nothing

In Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia, published last month by Harper Perennial, Blake Butler uses scientific data, historical anecdote, Internet obsession, and figures as diverse as Andy Warhol, John Cage, Jorge Luis Borges, and Stephen King to explore the tension between sleeping and conscious life. This bizarre trailer, directed by Drew Mobley, evokes Butler's own 129-hour bout of insomnia described in the book.

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