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Mark Twain Gave Good Advice About The Dangers Of Good Advice

Mark Dawidziak | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
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Mark Dawidziak

When Mark Twain mapped out the road he took to old age, he began by waving a caution flag that would make any Surgeon General's Warning look sick....

Five Reasons Christians Should Do Comedy

Cindy Brandt | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Humor in the church is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, what pastor doesn't like to start their sermon off with an attention-grabbing joke to wake people up in the pews?

Coins for Clemens: Collaborative Fundraising for Mark Twain

Cindy Lovell | Posted 06.05.2015 | Arts
Cindy Lovell

Four nonprofit institutions have committed to preserving the legacy of Mark Twain. Now, in an unusual collaborative fundraising initiative, they are joining forces to ask "Twainiacs" around the globe to preserve Mark Twain's homes, papers, and publications.

Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award

Cindy Lovell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Cindy Lovell

Mark Twain was honored during his lifetime by receiving an honorary master's degree from Yale University (1888) and three honorary doctorates. The conferring institutions were Yale University (1901), University of Missouri-Columbia (1902), and University of Oxford (1907).

A Rhyming Farewell Ode to Letterman

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Randee Mia Berman

He's the toast of the talk show scene: Guests from Clooney to Joaquin; From Regis to Drew And Jack Hanna's zoo; Dave's better than shots of caffeine!

The Marriage Book Is 560 Pages of Wisdom, Wit, Stories and Even Some Good Advice

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.17.2015 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The subject of Lisa Grunwald and Stephen Adler's book is marriage, which may be why it fills 560 pages and weighs 3.7 pounds. "You won't able to put down," someone said. That was one buffed reader. Me, I could barely pick it up.

Cruising The Mississippi River On An American Queen

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During the last four decades I have been able to travel on many of the great oceans and iconic rivers on six continents. The ships have been both large and small, some accommodating up to 2,000 passengers.

The Fifth Heart: A New Sherlock Holmes Story

Tom Alderman | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Tom Alderman

And if you're a Holmes fan, this book is probably a must in the canon. Dan Simmons delivers personal details about Holmes' upbringing you may not have read before. The author details Holmes' fascination with the new wonder drug from the Bayer company. No, not aspirin.

Anna Deavere Smith on the 44th Jefferson Lecture and the Search for American Character

Greg Archer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Greg Archer

Humanities, the arts, words, culture, character, the language that people really speak when they speak to each other -- oh, these are creatively deep waters for somebody like Anna Deavere Smith to swim through.

How Mark Twain Changed Travel Writing Forever

Roy Morris Jr. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Books
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Roy Morris Jr.

When 31-year-old journalist Samuel Clemens climbed aboard the transatlantic steamship Quaker City in New York harbor in June 1867 for a five-month-lon...

World Book Day: 10 Prominent Novels Set in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.06.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Real-life stories about Illinois--its politics, its history, its culture--are so interesting that it makes sense that fictional stories set in the state would be even more interesting.

Who and What We Trust Might Kill Us

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Ashley Wren Collins

Trust. It's a hefty word, stamped on American currency ("In God We Trust"), integrated into marriage vows, and considered a vital component for both professional and personal relationships. Yet too often trust is on autopilot, given freely unless proven otherwise.

My Kindle, My Birds and Me

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 04.25.2015 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

After several years of deliberation, I finally purchased a Kindle. I now own my very own digital reading device which has all the books I can read on it. There's lots that's unsettling about the device, but that's not entirely bad -- just caused a bit soul searching.

Long Way Down a Talk With Michael Sears

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In Long Way Down, the third in the series, Jason has spent time in prison for financial crimes. Working as an undercover troubleshooter for a private investment bank, he is assigned the task of getting to the bottom of insider trading allegations.

Why We Know So Little About Moses and Jesus

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.05.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The dearth of information about the formative influences on towering biblical figures such as Moses and Jesus has invited some skeptics to question whether they actually existed.

Give All Americans a Mandatory Civics Exam

Steven Kurlander | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

Think about it. We rarely discuss or even ponder what it means to be an American in our daily lives. When was the last time you sat down and said to yourself, or thought for a moment, or even said in a prayer: "Thank God that I am American"?

Famous Writers Share How They Handle Writer's Block

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 03.31.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

During her lifetime, Maya Angelou, the great author and poet, was nominated for a Pulitzer, awarded the National Medal of Arts, given over fifty hon...

Less Fear, More Courage

Robbie Vorhaus | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Robbie Vorhaus

It takes courage after 25 years of procrastination to begin writing your first children's book. It takes courage after 10 years of building a food company, and with sales down and funding drying up, to walk away because you recognize it's just not going to work.

Mark Twain's Ghost Won't Rest

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.31.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Currently, he haunts the Internet. He's constantly being quoted as saying encouraging, inspiring remarks your mother or your best friend might say to you when you're feeling miserable, or things you'd want on a thought-for-the-day calendar.

Did Hemingway Really Say "Write Your Pants Off!"?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

You'll often read or hear the advice that writing is basically getting to it, sitting down and doing it, or more elegantly that 'The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.'

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.

These Photos of Shelter Dogs as Famous Authors Are Awesome

Jen Reeder | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

I'm an English major, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and big fan of animal rescue, so my heart did cartwheels when I heard about "Poetic Dogs."

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:

Five Future Predictions That Will Leave You Reeling

Ella Jameson | Posted 02.14.2015 | Weird News
Ella Jameson

While skeptics may put it down to chance or informed guesswork, believers insist that these predictions are proof of the higher brain power that many humans apparently possess.

Guess What Else Mark Twain Never Said?

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.09.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

Why would anyone with half a brain or any ear for the English language think this could be by Mark Twain -- or even any other American novelist?