Italo Calvino Profiled on the BBC TV Show Book Mark in 1985

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Grace Paley Reading Stories, Taking Questions, Chewing Gum, Etc. (Video)

William T. Vollmann and Bernard Radfar Discuss Failure, Prostitution, Hypocrisy, Making the World Better for Others, Etc.

Ben Marcus Riffs on Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Film of Max Ernst Working in His Studio

W.G. Sebald Reads from His Novel Austerlitz at the 92nd Street Y (Video)

W. G. Sebald reading from his novel Austerlitz at 92nd Street Y. October 15, 2001, just two months before his death.

He later takes questions (beginning at the 28 minute mark), including a discussion of how he uses photography in his work. Susan Sontag then takes a question in which she addresses “cowboy rhetoric” after 9/11. They then discuss which of their books might be their “favorite.”

(Via prefer-not-to on Twitter).

Lydia Davis Reads “The Cows”

“Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun” — Arthur Russell

“Up the Junction” — Squeeze

“ESP” (Live) — Matmos Covers The Buzzcocks

“Headache” — Frank Black

Forever Still (Short Film) — Beach House

Lydia Davis Reads “Once a Very Stupid Man”

Film Footage of William Faulkner (1952)

“Poor Black Mattie” — R.L. Burnside

Slavoj Žižek on Love, Belief, Snapple

“Lipostudio . . . And So On” — Matmos