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

Spelling and Grammar Refresher

Even writers, who work with this stuff all day, can benefit from a quick reminder: In this recent episode of the weekly show Mental Floss, host John Green looks at thirty-eight common spelling and grammar errors such as "stationery vs. stationary," "good vs. well" and "loose vs. lose."

David Rakoff

Ira Glass, Calvin Trillin, and others are featured in this trailer for Rakoff's posthumous book, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, a novel in verse forthcoming in July from Doubleday. One of the best and funniest essayists of our time, Rakoff died of cancer on August 9, 2012. He was forty-seven years old.

W. S. Merwin

The poet and environmental activist talks about Thoreau's concept of "wildness" in this clip from "Even Though the Whole World Is Burning," a documentary-in-progress directed by Stefan Schaefer and produced by Williams Cole.

Score That Job in Book Publishing

In this episode of Mediabistro TV's "Score That Job," career expert, author, and mediabistro editor Vicki Salemi sits down with Andrea Weinzimer of Hachette Book Group to get the inside dirt on what they’re looking for in a candidate.

Maggie Shipstead

In this Single Sentence Animation from Electric Literature, Suneet Sethi animates the following sentence, from "Angel Lust" by Maggie Shipstead: "Her mascara, running down her smooth, downy cheeks, made her look like a tragic urchin, a child whore, Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby, Jodi Foster in Taxi Driver."

Steve Erickson

"Most fiction is a sort of collaboration between experience and imagination," explains Steve Erickson, the author of several novels, including Tours of the Black Clock, The Sea Came in at Midnight, and Zeroville, in this video from Open Road Media. "At some point, a novel starts making its own choices." 

Mary Roach

The author of Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, turns her attention in her new book, Gulp: Adventures in the Alimentary Canal, to a day in the life of bacteria in your gut.

Literary Tattoos

Have you ever loved a book so much you wanted to make it a part of your body? Try to guess these literary tattoos, compiled by BuzzFeed.

Philip Roth

The PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award, which "honors a writer whose critically acclaimed work has drawn a wide audience and helps us to understand the human condition in original and powerful ways," was recently given to Philip Roth. Watch his speech at the awards ceremony, held at New York City's American Museum of Natural History.

David Rhodes

The author, whose fourth novel, Jewelweed, is being published this month by Milkweed Editions, answered questions from the audience following a recent reading from the book at the Driftless Writing Center in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Rhodes, who was injured in a motorcycle accident in the early 1970s, was the subject of a profile back in 2008. Read "After the Flood."