From the video vault

From the Video Vault: David Foster Wallace Delivers the Kenyon Commencement Speech
September 12, 2013

Today marks the fifth anniversary of David Foster Wallace’s death. His 2005 Kenyon College commencement address, which went viral this year, has been called one of the best commencement speeches of the past quarter-century.

From the Video Vault: Charlie Parker Plays with Dizzy Gillespie
August 29, 2013

On this day in 1920 jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker was born. In the video below, Parker performs "Hot House" with trumpeter (and frequent collaborator) Dizzy Gillespie in 1951. Image via Shutterstock.

Watch: James Baldwin Rips Malcolm X
August 28, 2013

In June of 1963, James Baldwin appeared on Boston public television producer Henry Morgenthau III's show "The Negro and the American Promise," where he discussed Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and how the civil rights movement must proceed.Image

From the Video Vault: Ray Bradbury on Writing Persistently
August 22, 2013

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury was born on this day in 1920. While now heralded as one of the best science fiction writers ever, Bradbury initially struggled to get stories published.

From the Video Vault: Trotsky Welcomed by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
August 21, 2013

Leon Trotsky, exiled from Russia and living in Mexico, died after being stabbed with an ice pick on this day in 1940.

From the Video Vault: Elmore Leonard Talks Shop with Carl Hiaasen, Dave Barry, and Charlie Rose
August 20, 2013

Novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard passed away this morning at the age of 87.

From the Video Vault: Bill Clinton Meets JFK in 1963
August 19, 2013

Former president Bill Clinton is 67 today. While on a private White House tour with the American Legion's Boys Nation event in the summer of 1963, 16-year-old Clinton met President John F. Kennedy in the Rose Garden.

From the Video Vault: James Joyce in 1920s Paris
August 16, 2013

On this day in 1922, Virginia Woolf took to her diary to pan what she had read of James Joyce's Ulysses.

From the Video Vault: Salman Rushdie on Midnight's Children
August 14, 2013

Salman Rushdie's 1980 novel Midnight's Children is set on this day, August 15, in 1947—which is also Partition Day in India and Pakistan.

From the Video Vault: Senator Everett Dirksen on Federal Debt
August 14, 2013

Republican Senator Everett Dirksen, who represented Illinois from 1950 to 1969, played a key role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was an ally of Senator Joseph McCarthy, and a powerful force as Senate Minority Leader.