[As hyperlinks can change or get removed, I am providing the subject title for you to cut and paste into youtube search, if you feel so inclined. List added to periodically]
What Happened to Kerouac? Thorough documentary on author and “Beat generation” founder, Jack Kerouac. Interviews with Jack, his contemporaries, ex wife and daughter. Directors: Richard Lerner, Lewis MacAdams (1986).
92Y Readings: recorded at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. I highly recommend Eudora Welty’s reading of “The Wide Net” and Kurt Vonnegut’s reading of a draft of “Breakfast of Champions.” The great wonder and joy of words!
George Orwell: A Life in Pictures Full Documentary (High Quality): fascinating doc with recreated scenes and interviews as no video or audio exists of Orwell.
John Kennedy Toole: the omega point: highly recommended documentary that explores the mystery of this author’s short life, the fascinating history of how his book “A Confederacy of Dunces” was finally published, and insights into his home town, New Orleans.
Wendell Berry on His Hopes for Humanity: author, poet, farmer, activist. He is an important figure in the environmental/farming movement who many of us don’t know as he’s been working quietly from his farm in Kentucky for the past 50 years. Interviewed by Bill Moyers.
Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press: a great short documentary on the beginning of the printed page and books.
Television Archive: Omnibus Douglas Adams Tribute Documentary 2001: wonderful doc on Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, et al. Interviews include members of Monty Python and other greats of British comedy, television, film, entertainment, even science
James Baldwin- I heard it through the grapevine: 1982 documentary. Produced by Pat Hartley, Dick Fontaine, James Baldwin. James Baldwin revisits persons and places central to the civil rights movement. Mr. Baldwin is ALWAYS inspiring!
Patti Smith Interview: I Will Always Live Like Peter Pan: Patti gives sage advice to the young artists out there
Albert Camus’s “The Human Crisis” read by Viggo Mortensen, 70 years later (5/2016): a unique opportunity to hear Viggo read Camus’ essay on the struggle for life and humanity which is as true today as when it was written in 1946
Aldous Huxley interviewed by Mike Wallace (1958): prophetic brilliance
Aldous Huxley: The Ultimate Revolution (1962 Berkeley Speech): ditto
Edward Abbey reading short pieces from his books: Abbey has a great sonorous voice and his stories provide a vivid glimpse into the great American Southwest from his very unique point of view
Edward Abbey – Freedom and Wilderness, Wilderness and Freedom: beautifully written essay on essential matters
Abbey’s Road (Part 1-4): interview with the author on many subjects, a great intro to “Cactus Ed”
BBC Radio Dramas: great dramatizations of great books, sit back, close your eyes, watch a movie in your mind (best CGI ever invented)
Yale University. Literature: heady stuff but keeps the dementia at bay, found this series by looking for lectures on Flannery O’Connor. You may not get college credit but you will certainly learn something about these great books, anecdotal info on the authors and experience how literature is taught by people who know just a little about their subjects! Thank you Yale for sharing the knowledge!
11 Writers: Advice to the Young: from the Louisiana Channel, straightforward advice from current important authors: some practical points, mostly general impressions (as good advice should be), tightly edited so that the interviews rotate, thereby avoiding the tedious “talking heads” syndrome: Jonathan Franzen, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Richard Ford, Umberto Eco and seven others
Thank you: Youtube for giving us access to so much great stuff without demanding payment. And to all Youtube channelers for the devotion and care you put into your presentations. We all benefit from your willingness to share.