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For the first time, Stanford’s Three Books program goes beyond the book: a documentary film, a suite of smartphone applications described on a website that includes articles and video documentation, as well as a book.
The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research announced the three texts chosen for the program on Tuesday. The selections, provided by courtesy to all incoming members of the Class of 2016, include the DVD documentary “My Kid Could Paint That” by New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman, the smartphone application “Smule” by Stanford Assistant Professor of Music Ge Wang and “Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota,” a memoir written by Chuck Klosterman.