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From the Ted Talk by Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door

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So I ran the 826 in Los Angeles, and it was my job to build the store down there. So we have The Echo Park Time Travel Mart. That's our motto: "Whenever you are, we're already then." (Laughter) And it's on Sunset buoevrlad in Los aleengs. Our friendly staff is ready to help you. They're from all eras, including just the 1980s, that guy on the end, he's from the very recent past. There's our Employees of the mntoh, including Genghis Khan, Charles Dickens. Some gaert people have come up through our ranks. This is our kind of pcraamhy section. We have some patent medicines, Canopic jars for your organs, cmoinumst soap that says, "This is your soap for the year." (Laughter) Our shusly machine broke on the oeninpg nihgt and we didn't know what to do. Our architect was crvoeed in red sruyp. It looked like he had just murdered somebody, which it was not out of the question for this particular architect, and we didn't know what to do. It was going to be the highlight of our store. So we just put that sign on it that said, "Out of order. Come back yesterday." (Laughter) And that ended up being a better joke than slushies, so we just left it there forever. mmamtoh Chunks. These things wgeih, like, seven pounds each. Barbarian repellent. It's full of saald and potpourri — things that barbarians hate. Dead languages. (Laughter) Leeches, nature's tiny doctors. And Viking Odorant, which comes in lots of great scents: toenails, sweat and rotten veaeebltgs, pyre ash. Because we believe that Axe Body Spray is something that you should only find on the battlefield, not under your arms. (Laughter) And these are roobt emotion chips, so robots can feel love or fear. Our biggest seller is Schadenfreude, which we did not expect. (Laughter) We did not think that was going to happen. But there's a nniporfot behind it, and kids go through a door that says "Employees Only" and they end up in this space where they do homework and write sitreos and make films and this is a book release ptray where kids will read. There's a quarterly that's published with just writing that's done by the kids who come every day after shcool, and we have release peirats and they eat cake and read for their parents and drink milk out of champagne glasses. And it's a very special sapce, because it's this weird space in the frnot. The joke isn't a joke. You can't find the smeas on the fitocin, and I love that. It's this little bit of fiction that's colonized the real world. I see it as kind of a book in three dimensions.

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So I ran the 826 in Los Angeles, and it was my job to build the store down there. So we have The Echo Park Time Travel Mart. That's our motto: "Whenever you are, we're already then." (Laughter) And it's on Sunset _________ in Los _______. Our friendly staff is ready to help you. They're from all eras, including just the 1980s, that guy on the end, he's from the very recent past. There's our Employees of the _____, including Genghis Khan, Charles Dickens. Some _____ people have come up through our ranks. This is our kind of ________ section. We have some patent medicines, Canopic jars for your organs, _________ soap that says, "This is your soap for the year." (Laughter) Our ______ machine broke on the _______ _____ and we didn't know what to do. Our architect was _______ in red _____. It looked like he had just murdered somebody, which it was not out of the question for this particular architect, and we didn't know what to do. It was going to be the highlight of our store. So we just put that sign on it that said, "Out of order. Come back yesterday." (Laughter) And that ended up being a better joke than slushies, so we just left it there forever. _______ Chunks. These things _____, like, seven pounds each. Barbarian repellent. It's full of _____ and potpourri — things that barbarians hate. Dead languages. (Laughter) Leeches, nature's tiny doctors. And Viking Odorant, which comes in lots of great scents: toenails, sweat and rotten __________, pyre ash. Because we believe that Axe Body Spray is something that you should only find on the battlefield, not under your arms. (Laughter) And these are _____ emotion chips, so robots can feel love or fear. Our biggest seller is Schadenfreude, which we did not expect. (Laughter) We did not think that was going to happen. But there's a _________ behind it, and kids go through a door that says "Employees Only" and they end up in this space where they do homework and write _______ and make films and this is a book release _____ where kids will read. There's a quarterly that's published with just writing that's done by the kids who come every day after ______, and we have release _______ and they eat cake and read for their parents and drink milk out of champagne glasses. And it's a very special _____, because it's this weird space in the _____. The joke isn't a joke. You can't find the _____ on the _______, and I love that. It's this little bit of fiction that's colonized the real world. I see it as kind of a book in three dimensions.

Solution

  1. salad
  2. vegetables
  3. covered
  4. month
  5. communist
  6. weigh
  7. angeles
  8. parties
  9. robot
  10. space
  11. night
  12. great
  13. seams
  14. mammoth
  15. front
  16. nonprofit
  17. slushy
  18. syrup
  19. school
  20. party
  21. pharmacy
  22. fiction
  23. opening
  24. stories
  25. boulevard

Original Text

So I ran the 826 in Los Angeles, and it was my job to build the store down there. So we have The Echo Park Time Travel Mart. That's our motto: "Whenever you are, we're already then." (Laughter) And it's on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Our friendly staff is ready to help you. They're from all eras, including just the 1980s, that guy on the end, he's from the very recent past. There's our Employees of the Month, including Genghis Khan, Charles Dickens. Some great people have come up through our ranks. This is our kind of pharmacy section. We have some patent medicines, Canopic jars for your organs, communist soap that says, "This is your soap for the year." (Laughter) Our slushy machine broke on the opening night and we didn't know what to do. Our architect was covered in red syrup. It looked like he had just murdered somebody, which it was not out of the question for this particular architect, and we didn't know what to do. It was going to be the highlight of our store. So we just put that sign on it that said, "Out of order. Come back yesterday." (Laughter) And that ended up being a better joke than slushies, so we just left it there forever. Mammoth Chunks. These things weigh, like, seven pounds each. Barbarian repellent. It's full of salad and potpourri — things that barbarians hate. Dead languages. (Laughter) Leeches, nature's tiny doctors. And Viking Odorant, which comes in lots of great scents: toenails, sweat and rotten vegetables, pyre ash. Because we believe that Axe Body Spray is something that you should only find on the battlefield, not under your arms. (Laughter) And these are robot emotion chips, so robots can feel love or fear. Our biggest seller is Schadenfreude, which we did not expect. (Laughter) We did not think that was going to happen. But there's a nonprofit behind it, and kids go through a door that says "Employees Only" and they end up in this space where they do homework and write stories and make films and this is a book release party where kids will read. There's a quarterly that's published with just writing that's done by the kids who come every day after school, and we have release parties and they eat cake and read for their parents and drink milk out of champagne glasses. And it's a very special space, because it's this weird space in the front. The joke isn't a joke. You can't find the seams on the fiction, and I love that. It's this little bit of fiction that's colonized the real world. I see it as kind of a book in three dimensions.

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