Susan Sarandon Reads an Animated Version of Good Night Moon … Without Crying

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One’s never too old to be read a story. There’s no shame in stealing a couple of minutes from your busy, stress-filled day to let actress Susan Sarandon read you one, above.
Goodnight Moon was never a part of my childhood, but it came into heavy rotation when my own kids were little.

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O Frabjous Day! Neil Gaiman Recites Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” from Memory

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When the young Neil Gaiman was learning Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” by heart, he surely had no inkling that years later he’d be called upon to recite it for legions of adoring fans…particularly on the Internet, a phenomenon the budding author may well have imagined, if not technically implemented.

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New Animated Web Series Makes the Theory of Evolution Easy to Understand

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When it comes to matters of broad scientific consensus, I’m generally inclined to offer provisional assent.

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Read a Never Published, “Subversive” Chapter from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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50 years after the publication of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Guardian has posted online a never-before-published draft of the book’s fifth chapter.

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Learn How Crayons Are Made, Courtesy of 1980s Videos by Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers

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Some things are difficult to improve upon. Take crayons. The new generation may be clamoring for shades like “mango tango” and “jazzberry jam” but the actual technology appears unchanged since Sesame Street detailed the process in the early 80s, in the lovely, non verbal documentary above.

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Greek Myth Comix Presents Homer’s Iliad & Odyssey Using Stick-Man Drawings

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The next time some know-it-all moralist blames any number of social ills on violent video games or action films, ask them if they’d rather kids stick to the classics.

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Read Online J.K. Rowling’s New Harry Potter Story: The First Glimpse of Harry as an Adult

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Quick note: Earlier this year, J. K. Rowling began writing new stories about the 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals for Pottermore, the website for all things Harry Potter.

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What Does the Spleen Do? A Music Video Starring Harvard School of Medicine’s Class of 2016

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According to Harvard Medical School’s Admissions department, “to study medicine at Harvard is to prepare to play a leading role” in the “quest to improve the human condition.

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Advice to Young Aspiring Artists from Patti Smith, David Byrne & Marina Abramović

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If you dream of becoming the next Disney Channel star, you’d do well to heed the advice of casting director Judy Taylor, who uses “read” and “talent” according to their industry definitions, and seems unlikely to cut anyone slack for youth or inexperience.

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Free Audio: Go the F–k to Sleep Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson

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Published back in 2011, Go the F–k to Sleep, the playful children’s storybook meant for adults, became a big besteller. It topped Amazon’s bestseller list for a while. And, before you knew it, celebrities were giving public readings of the book. Perhaps you’ll recall Werner Herzog’s fun reading at The New York Public Library.
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