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Have You Ever Experienced a ‘Book Hangover’?

How do you feel when you finish reading a really good book? The Epic Reads team has posted a video about “Book Hangovers” on their YouTube channel.

The video embedded above features Johnna Scrabis, Riley Soloner, and Abby Holland discussing the effects of “book hangovers.” These bibliphiles feel that endings can sometimes lead to an unpleasant “void” as a consequence.

Do you agree? Which books have made you suffer through “hangovers” in the past?

Poet Argues She Speaks English in Three Different Ways

How many ways can one speak the English language?

In a spoken word piece delivered at TED Salon NY 2014, poet Jamila Lyiscott argues that she speaks her native tongue in three different ways. We’ve embedded a video showcasing the entire performance above.

According to the TED blog, Lyiscott calls herself a trilingual orator. She speaks “fluently at home, with Caribbean parents, at school in ‘proper English,’ and with her friends in a language that is as formal and rules-based as the other two.”

‘Epic Rap Battles of History’ Video Pits Stephen King Vs. Edgar Allan Poe

A new video on the “Epic Rap Battles of History” YouTube channel pits two horror masters against one another: The Shining author Stephen King vs. The Raven poet Edgar Allan Poe. In your opinion, who’s the winner?

Comedian Zach Sherwin plays King and writer George Watsky plays Poe. Both Sherwin and Watsky contributed to writing the rap song itself along with two of the web series creators, Nice Peter and epicLLOYD. Which authors would you nominate to appear in future rap battles?

Anna Curzan Questions “What Makes a Word ‘Real’?”

Do you consider “hangry” to be a genuine English word?

Anne Curzan, an English professor and language historian, gave a talk (embedded above) at a TEDx conference on “What makes a word ‘real’?” During her presentation, she mentioned several slang words including “defriend,” “adorkable,” and “YOLO.”

Here’s an excerpt from her talk: “So how does a word get into a dictionary? It gets in because we use it and we keep using it, and dictionary editors are paying attention to us. If you’re thinking, ‘But that lets all of us decide what words mean,’ I would say, ‘Yes it does, and it always has.’”

Haruki Murakami Celebrated in an Animated Video

Dr. Ilana Simons has created a short animated film celebrating Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami.

In a Psychology Today blog post, Simons calls him her “favorite living writer” and credits him for inspiring “grand journeys of imagination without using too many adjectives.” We’ve embedded the entire film, About Haruki Murakami, above–what do you think?

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How Has Poetry Impacted Your Life?

During a presentation delivered at TED Global 2013, English professor Stephen Burt publicly declares himself to be a “word person” and a fan of poems.

In the video embedded above, Burt shares some of his thoughts on “Why People Need Poetry.” He also recites pieces by A.E. HousmanWallace Stevens, and John Keats.

Every year during the month of April, the country comes together to celebrate National Poetry Month. How has poetry impacted your life?

Goodnight Darth Vader: VIDEO

Chronicle Books has created a video trailer for Goodnight Darth Vader, Jeffrey Brown’s third title in his bestselling series of Star Wars children’s books.

The latest book is a bedtime story in which Darth Vader has to sooth many Star Wars characters to sleep. Check it out: “In this Episode, the Sith Lord must soothe his rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia—who are not ready to sleep and who insist on a story. As Vader reads, the book looks in on favorite creatures, droids, and characters, such as Yoda, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Admiral Ackbar, Boba Fett, and many others as they tuck in, yawn, and settle down to dream.”

The book comes out on July 22nd in advance of San Diego Comic-Con where Brown will be signing books.

Game of Thrones by the Numbers: VIDEO

Alltime Numbers has created a video called, Game of Thrones by the Numbers, which explores many details about the popular book and movie series.

According to the video, the series has twice as many words as The Bible and the Dothraki language has 3,163 words created for the TV show.  We’ve embedded the video above for your entertainment.

Joe Hanson Creates ‘The Science of Game of Thrones’ Video

Have you ever pondered about the complexities in the world that George R.R. Martin created in the Song of Ice & Fire series? Joe Hanson, the founder and curator of the “It’s Okay To Be Smart” YouTube channel, has decided to try and provide some clarity with a video called “The Science of Game of Thrones.”

In the video embedded above, Hanson tackles two questions: “Why are the seasons so crazy?” and “What are the secrets behind Valyrian steel?” He also talks about The Wall, wildfire, milk of the poppy, and dire wolves. Fair warning, viewers may encounter spoilers so proceed with caution. (via The Huffington Post)

How Many Languages Have Been Created?

Over the course of human history, how many languages have been created? The animated video above features a four-minute TED-Ed lesson called “How Languages Evolve.”

Throughout the lesson, educator Alex Gendler talks about “how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.” Linguistics fans can visit the TED Ed website to access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources. What do you think?

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