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by J. R. R. Tolkien
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An abridged edition of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien narrated by Nicol Williamson and released in 1974.

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by Isaac Asimov
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The opening episode begins on Trantor, capital of the Galactic Empire, with the meeting of Seldon and Dornick, their trial, and their exile to Terminus.

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by Richard Bach
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The tale that sent Bach soaring to fame tells the story of a seagull who practices for a lifetime to begin to know the meaning of kindness and love.

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Famous recluse J.D. Salinger has hidden from the world since "The Catcher in the Rye" took the world by storm.

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by Ray Bradbury
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Renowned science fiction author Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles) gives aspiring writers some encouraging insight in this short lecture provided on streaming video by UCTV.

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by Don DeLillo
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In this somewhat unsettling documentary, author Don DeLillo takes viewers into the world of the image showing footage of assassinations and terrorism alongside other random images from TV and film.

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by Alex Haley
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In this 1968 talk at UCLA, author Alex Haley discusses his research and writing processes for The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) and the book that would become Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976).

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by Allen Ginsberg
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Allen Ginsberg's Howl is the ultimate beat poem, and what better way to experience it than listening to Ginsberg read it himself. PennSound features two recordings of Ginsberg reading Howl, one from 1956 (the year he published it) and one from 1995 (a few years before his death).

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by Frank Herbert
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In this talk delivered at UCLA in 1985 about a year before his death, Herbert touches upon a number of the themes in his Dune saga.

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by John Kennedy Toole
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A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head.... The revoltingly intriguing...

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