Funny Rap Video About Reading Books

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson It may be hard to believe, but a video about reading books has made YouTube’s top ten most watched videos for today. Julian Smith’s rap video tells the story of a young man who just wants to read a book without being interrupted. “Don’t you ever interrupt me while I’m reading a book,” he says. Watch it …

Did You Catch “On Seduction,” Episode 1 of Amateur Thursdays?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at several literary and artistic projects that have sought funding through Kickstarter.com. Back in June, we wrote about one such project — Amateur Thursdays. We’re happy to report that the project raised $9,600 from 90 backers. It was enough to support the production of three episodes, the first of which “On Seduction” debuted …

Video Book Reviews: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka It works for movies (think of Siskel and Ebert, the men who brought you the “two thumbs up” review), it works for reviewing gadgets and video games, cars, wine and restaurants . . . so, can the video review work for books? Many have tried, but few have succeeded — for long, at least. What do you …

Vogue Meets the New York Review of Books…on Video

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Berlin-based French book critic Fabrice Rozie and Giovanna Calvino, daughter of the late Italian author Italo Calvino, are raising money to launch a new literary webcast talk show in New York starting this summer. Entitled “Amateur Thursdays” the concept is to present five-minute, edited “show” featuring contemporary writers and celebrities discussion new and classic books that they …