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20 Strange and Surprising Reasons to Visit These Northeast Towns

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 03.24.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

As a travel writer open and game to exploring the offbeat and oddball within a few hours or one day's drive of New York City (Virginia to Maine), I've stumbled on some pretty bizarre, eccentric and/or downright weird things. Here's just a sampling from this year's explorations.

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

Andrew Levy | Posted 03.04.2015 | Books
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:

Summer Reading with Our Daughters

Robert Hoch | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Robert Hoch

I am glad for the disarray of our coffee table. Maybe it's a little raft in a world too full of conventional politics, a raft salvaged from cast off pieces, caught in the currents of a deeper wisdom, a more authentic quest for freedom.

What's Good About Bad English?

Francis Levy | Posted 01.29.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

The July/August Yale Alumni Magazine includes a piece entitled "Why 'Bad' English Isn't." Describing the work of Raffaella Zanuttini, a linguistics p...

In the Writing #3: Undermining the Unreliable Narrator in Wilfred

Jesse Damiani | Posted 11.04.2013 | TV
Jesse Damiani

Every written narrative has a narrator, the story's teller. Narrators can take a variety of forms; in some instances, they are active participants in the plot, in others they report details from a remove.

Movie Review: The Kings of Summer

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.02.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Shown at Sundance under the title Toy's House, Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer is a coming-of-age tale that touches a lot of bases and explores a variety of tones in ways that most films are too timid to do.

Movie Review: Mud

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.22.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There is something both engaging and unique about Jeff Nichols' plain-spoken tale of youngsters learning hard lessons about the nature of love and the darker side of the adult world.

17 Unreliable Narrators In Literature

Posted 02.21.2013 | Books

"If you really want to hear about it..." opens Holden Caulfield's narration in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye. Yet can we believe a word this ...

Jake T. Austin As Huckleberry Finn! (VIDEO)

Posted 12.29.2012 | Teen

Back in July, our favorite "Wizards of Waverly Place" little brother talked to HuffPost Teen about his next project: a movie reboot of the classic Mar...

Exposing Racist Tweets Raised My Awareness

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Donisha Dansby “If Romney wins, the monkeys will finally quit seeing our President as one of their brothers.” “They call it th...

'Giuliana & Bill': Giuliana Doesn't Know Who Wrote 'Huck Finn'

Posted 06.13.2012 | TV

What could prompt Bill Rancic to declare that he's going to have to go for full custody of his child? On "Giuliana & Bill" (Tue., 8 p.m. ET on Style),...

What Is a Literary Novel?

Warren Adler | Posted 05.29.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

Does durability, for example, constitute an important definition of what is or becomes a literary novel? How does a novel become a classic? Who determines what becomes a classic?

Why We Are Displaying "Hateful Things" at the Mark Twain House

Craig Hotchkiss | Posted 05.26.2012 | Books
Craig Hotchkiss

Mark Twain tried to start us talking about race by writing such books as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but he knew that our discussion would have to go on long after his death, and that our tendency would be to try to ignore it, or pay it mere lip service.

PHOTOS: Lost "Huck Finn" Illustrations Discovered

The Atlantic Wire | Posted 07.13.2011 | Books

The British children's author and illustrator Edward Ardizzone is best known for writing and illustrating the Tim series and for his collaboration wit...

New Edition Of "Huckleberry Finn" Replaces N-Word With "Navy SEAL"

Word With | Posted 07.09.2011 | Books

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Patriot's Edition is a new edition of Mark Twain's classic story of boyhood adventure, updated for the 21st ce...

Top 10 Slang Narratives: From Pigeon English To "Milk-Plus"

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire: By Kathleen Massara Dialect can be used as a class marker, or as something that identifies your hometown, your race, or your pr...

Mark Twain's Language: "Bad" Words Then and Now

Hugh Rawson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hugh Rawson

The text of Huckleberry Finn includes more than two hundred instances of the controversial word. But this doesn't say very much about the author himself.

EXCLUSIVE: Bill Maher's New Rule For Mark Twain Critics

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Bill Maher has some choice words for the publishers who want to omit offensive language from Mark Twain's classic Huckleberry Finn. In a new episode o...

Interview: Stellan Skarsgard as a Gentle Man

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Yes, Stellan Skarsgard says, he's in the midst of filming David Fincher's version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the biggest export Sweden has pr...

Sanitizing Twain -- to the Nth Degree

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Laurence Hughes

Huckleberry Finn is a product of its time. Hate it, debate it, deplore it, ignore it, but don't take it upon yourself to change it to suit your own mores and values.

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

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

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 ...

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

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

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

The Problem With Protection

Monica Edinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Monica Edinger

Whenever I read about another effort to protect the young from historical nastiness (the latest being the new edition of Mark Twain's The Adventures o...

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

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
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.

Publisher Drops 'Inflammatory Words' from Huck Finn

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

If discussions about race and racism are dropped based on the edited version of Twain's Huck Fin, it would be an educational tragedy.