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Suggested readings for The Laughing Room Exhibit by Jonny Sun, November 2018

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

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.