iO Tillett Wright

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“I never intended to be an activist, and it just kind of very naturally happened because I saw something that was wrong that I cared enough to do something about it.” In this video for School of Doodle, artist, writer, and activist iO Tillett Wright speaks about his project “Self Evident Truths.” Wright’s debut memoir, Darling Days (Ecco, 2016), is featured in “Nine More New Memoirs” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

The Little Prince

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This clip features the trailer for The Little Prince, the first animated feature film adaptation of the classic 1943 French novella, Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Directed by Mark Osborne and voiced by actors including Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Rachel McAdams, and Paul Rudd, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and will be released in the U.S. on August 5.

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Crazy Salad

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"It's from 'A Prayer for My Daughter' and the lines are 'It's certain that fine women eat / A crazy salad with their meat,' and I thought it was a nice title for a book about women." In this 1975 interview with Studs Terkel, the late Nora Ephron recounts lines by Yeats, the poetic inspiration for the title of her book of essays Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women (Random House, 1975), and talks about her experiences as a journalist and feminist. Animated by Pat Smith, this video is part of PBS Digital Studio's Blank on Blank series.

Kafkaesque

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"What makes something 'Kafkaesque?'... It's not the absurdity of bureaucracy alone." This TED-Ed animated short film, created by educator Noah Tavlin and narrated by Addison Anderson, explains the combination of external circumstances and human tendencies that characterize a situation as truly "Kafkaesque."

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Blank on Blank: Patti Smith

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"To me, poetry is one of the highest, most abstract, most fulfilling forms of communication. We've always needed poets." In this recording from 1976, Patti Smith talks to journalist Mick Gold about censorship, her creative habits and inspirations, and recounts her first exposure to the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud. Animated by Patrick Smith, the video is part of PBS Digital Studios' Blank on Blank series.

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