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About this collection
This small collection is intended to be deliberately eclectic rather than comprehensive. It covers a variety of subjects evoked by Jonny Sun's exhibit The Laughing Room, an interactive multimedia exhibit at the Cambridge Public Library, and its companion piece at the Hayden Library, The Control Room November 16-18, 2018.
Many of the books listed here are in a special display next to The Control Room exhibit on the first floor of the Hayden Library. They are all held in the MIT Libraries, and represent just a sampling of what we have on each subject. Our hope is that something here will inspire further questions, and invite you to read and investigate more.
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Szarko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books by Jonny Sun
Author, illustrator, and playwright Jonny Sun is a doctoral student at MIT, an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB. He is currently a writer for the Netflix Original Series BoJack Horseman. Tweeting as @jonnysun, he was named one of TIME Magazine's 25 Most Influential People on the Internet of 2017. As a playwright, Jonathan's work has been performed at the Yale School of Drama, Factory Theater in Toronto, Hart House Theater, and Theater Lab in Toronto. As an artist and illustrator, his work has exhibited at MIT, the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven ArtSpace, and the University of Toronto. He previously studied as an architect (M.Arch., Yale) and engineer (B.A.Sc., University of Toronto). He is the creator of @tinycarebot and the co-creator of the MIT Humor Series. His comedic work has appeared in TIME Magazine, BuzzFeed, Playboy, GQ, and McSweeney’s. Recently, he was profiled on NPR and in the New York Times, and was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2019.
Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by
Call Number: PN6727.S865 E94 2017
Publication Date: 2017-06-27
From the publisher: everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too is the illustrated story of a lonely alien sent to observe Earth, only to meet all sorts of creatures with all sorts of perspectives on life, love, and happiness, all while learning to feel a little better about being an alien - based on the enormously popular Twitter account, @jonnysun.
Here is the unforgettable story of Jomny, a lonely alien who, for the first time ever, finds a home on our planet after learning that earthlings can feel lonely too. Jomny finds friendship in a bear tired of other creatures running away in fear, an egg struggling to decide what to hatch into, an owl working its way to being wise, a tree feeling stuck in one place, a tadpole coming to terms with turning into a frog, a dying ghost, a puppy unable to express itself, and many more. Through this story of a lost, lonely and confused alien finding friendship, acceptance, and love among the creatures of Earth, we will all learn how to be a little more human. And for all of us earth-bound creatures here on this planet, we can all be reminded that sometimes, it takes an outsider to help us see ourselves for who we truly are.
Gmorning, Gnight! by
Call Number: PS3613.I753 A6 2018
Publication Date: 2018-10-16
From the publisher: Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. But as Miranda's audience grew, these messages took on a life on their own. Now Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a beautiful collection illustrated by acclaimed artist (and fellow Twitter favorite) Jonny Sun. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.
"When the world is bringing you down, Gmorning, Gnight! will remind you that you are awesome."--Booklist