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Video: Colson Whitehead on His Early Writing

In this video, Colson Whitehead talks about his first big writing assignment, auditioning for creative writing classes in college (and being turned down each time), and his big break writing for The Village Voice. He says, “The main thing to know about The Voice is that whenever you worked there, it was at its height. And when you left, it went downhill.”

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Video: ‘Into the Gray Zone’

Neuroscientist Adrian Owen reveals his controversial, groundbreaking work with patients whose brains were previously thought vegetative or non-responsive but turn out—in up to 20 percent of cases—to be vibrantly alive, existing in the “Gray Zone.” This video features Owen explaining the his journey of medical discovery outlined in his book, Into the Gray Zone.

A website with the same name–intothegrayzone.com–includes supporting materials and chapter correlations on several subjects, including First ContactScaffolds of ConsciousnessThe Mind ReaderAre You in Pain?Live or Let Die?, and Back From the Dead. Owen is also on Twitter @comadork. If you’d like to share this video with your customers, here’s the embed code:

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Twitter Update: 140 Character Replies

Twitter announced another update today. In an effort to simply conversations, when you reply to someone or a group, those @usernames won’t count toward your 140 characters limit. According to the Twitter blog, the changes you’ll see are:

  • Who you are replying to will appear above the Tweet text rather than within the Tweet text itself, so you have more characters to have conversations.
  • You can tap on “Replying to…” to easily see and control who’s part of your conversation.
  • When reading a conversation, you’ll actually see what people are saying, rather than seeing lots of @usernames at the start of a Tweet.

Video: Happy Dreamer

Out today, Happy Dreamer from the creator of The Dot and Ish, Peter H. Reynolds. And here’s a little trailer to share to remind little ones, graduates, and readers of all ages to dream big.

Reynolds is on Facebook, on Twitter @peterhreynolds, and has a great website where he describes his ‘campaign’ to make the world a more creative place.

“The next time you’re thinking about what gift to give someone, think of something that will encourage creativity,” he writes. “Whether it’s a blank journal or book on crafts, a set of watercolors or a guide to making films, a stationery set or a watercolor brush – let it be something that inspires expression. Children and grown up children need to be encouraged to consume less, and create more.”

Sounds like a great display idea to me.

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Video: Le Balthazar Cocktail

I know it’s only Monday, but…

In this video, learn to make Le Balthazar, the signature cocktail developed in honor of Reggie Nadelson’s new book, At Balthazar (Gallery Books | April 4, 2017). Touted as strong, tart, but not overpowering, if it’s half as tasty as this video is visually appealing, be prepared for another round.

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