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High School Graduation , Prize Day and Huck Finn

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.24.2016 | Education
Wayne Meisel

It did not start out as a memorable day. As usual, my parents forced me to an event, in this case a graduation at Lawrenceville School for my first cousin. The event was held outside, and I can still see the space to the left of the stage where I played.

6 Reasons 'Huck Finn' Is Not The Dusty Old Classic You Think It Is

Andrew Levy | Posted 03.04.2015 | Home
Andrew Levy

On the way to becoming a school staple and an American icon, however, Huck Finn, published in 1885, lost something in translation: its original wildness and weirdness, and much of its real message, which has more to say to contemporary America than you might expect:

Sherlock Holmes Versus God Almighty: Who Is More Real? The Multiverse Says Go With the Gumshoe

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Greater comfort, I think, is to be found in the realization that infinity is as problematic for science as it is for religion. Much as an infinitely perfect God leads to logical clashes with reality, an infinite multiverse bedevils attempts to apply tools such as probabilities to our understanding of the world.

Roy, Huck and Siddartha

Dr. Michael S. Brophy | Posted 09.01.2014 | College
Dr. Michael S. Brophy

Last fall I was granted a sabbatical. I shared with my colleagues that I planned to practice the piano, focus on wellness, and re-read some of my favorite books, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. One of the senior faculty asked me: "Why did you read that book that kids read in grade school?"

Obituaries Could Change the World

David Wilkie | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
David Wilkie

What if thousands, or millions of us wanted to be remembered because our lives touched others, and made the world just that much better?

Marriage Is Totally Gay

Jonathan Askin | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Askin

I am not married. I am not gay. I have no desire for society to sanction my relationships. I, however, do feel like a step-citizen, because I do not share in the social and economic benefits that society grants to those who obtain State-issued marriage licenses.

Teacher's Aide Allegedly Fired For Calling 'Huckleberry Finn' Racist

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.19.2012 | Education

Naiya Galloway, a 31-year-old former teacher's aide at Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque, Iowa, was fired for allegedly telling students the novel ...

Our America, Our Adventure

Karli Gillespie | Posted 08.08.2012 | Teen
Karli Gillespie

It's a risk. It's a challenging journey. It's something out of the ordinary. It's adventure. The spirit of adventure is a value that has never escaped our hearts as Americans.

Teachers as Crap Detectors and the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

Alan Singer | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

Tom Roderick, executive director of the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, asked me to share my thoughts on teaching and crap detection. These are some of the things I learned from forty years as a teacher.

Your Grammar Is Not Married to Your Gramper

Ellen Siminoff | Posted 01.29.2012 | Education
Ellen Siminoff

Poor grammar is ugly. To any lover of the English language who values a correctly constructed sentence, it can signify a lack of intelligence or effort. Are many of us limiting ourselves in terms of potential success by u'sing apo'strophes every time we see an 's?

From Huck Finn To Holden Caulfield: Top 10 Outsiders' Stories | Stephen Kelman | Posted 07.25.2011 | Home

Stephen Kelman was born in 1976. After finishing his degree he worked variously as a warehouse operative, a careworker, and in marketing and local gov...

Michael Chabon On The N-Word In 'Huckleberry Finn'

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Tom Sawyer was bedtime reading for me and my two youngest kids (son and daughter, 7 and 9) at the start of last summer. Of course we all loved it. It ...

Huck Finn's N-Word: Preserving Artistic Integrity or Ethnic Property Rights?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Irene Monroe

As Americans we have a hard time talking about race in this country when the n-word is not involved. And when this epithet is, predictably, we behave schizophrenically.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Takes On 'Huckleberry Finn' N-Word Controversy

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Last night on "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart took on the recent 'Huckleberry Finn' controversy, speaking with "Senior Black Correspondent" Larry Wi...

Don't Blame the Tea Party (at Least Not for This... )

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

As politicians of both parties fall all over themselves denying blame for the shooting of Congresswomen Giffords and decrying the toxic political envi...

A Few Words In Defense of the N-Word, in the Novels of Mark Twain

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mikhail Lyubansky

While racial insensitivity and avoidance of discussions about racism are real problems in classrooms, removing racially objectionable content from literature cannot possibly be effective in anything other than eliminating discomfort.

Censoring Huck Ain't So Simple

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Trey Ellis

Ever since news came of Twain scholar Alan Gribben's whitewashed reworking of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, the media have -- not completely unjustifiably -- beaten up on the poor, well-intentioned scholar.

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Says He Is A 'Huge Fan Of Censorship'

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"Nation, I am on record as being a huge fan of censorship," Stephen Colbert said last night. "Of course, you wont actually find it in the record -- I ...

No Publisher Should "Edit" Mark Twain's Novels

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Greener

Mark Twain's novels are about to be bloodied. As a novelist, I understand, object and feel compelled to protest.

How Did Mad Magazine's Al Jaffee Become A 'Shtetl-Style Lithuanian Huck Finn'?

Al Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Al Jaffee

He has lived in New York for 77 years and has spent the last 40 summers in Provincetown. Even so, the key to his genius as a satirist, is that he doesn't feel at home anywhere.