Speed Reads

Mad With Power

LeVar Burton teases the new Reading Rainbow with gloriously absurd opening credits

Funny or Die

Thanks to the magic of crowdsourcing, LeVar Burton is bringing Reading Rainbow back into serious production — after blowing through his $1 million goal, he's now aiming for $5 million, and with 27 days left, his Kickstarter is up to $3.5 million. But the 1980s theme song will need a refresh, and — surely in the service of publicizing the reboot — Burton has teamed up with Funny or Die to create an absurdist version of the opening credits. "Because I read a book, I can literally do anything" turns into "no man should have power like this." Then destruction. But it's all a story, right? Right? --Peter Weber