What makes the Morgan Library collection so unique is that it deals with a recurring theme in Twain's work: his critical attitude towards the rapidly modernizing America. Beneath his humor is rage, anger and disillusionment.
To right the American ship, we must jettison the ghosts of the cold war, confront all the babble about God and country, and openly talk about what modern socialist and democratic public policy might actuallylook like.
Down in the hard wiring and chemistry of the brain's survival instincts, if you show someone a picture of Roger Clemens and talk about the charges that he lied, it's like showing them a picture of a snake.
Proust evoked a flood of memories in Remembrance of Things Past by tasting a scallop-shaped cake dipped in tea. We might have to go the same way, savoring the local foods we love before they're lost to us forever.
It used to be that religions proselytized with promises about the hereafter. If there was a present-day benefit to be gained, it was generally something like not being tortured or put to death. But all that has changed.
An aspect of Twain's legacy that many aren't aware of is that he was America's first notable animal rights activist. Animals were always central to Twain's writing, from his first stories through his final years.
The recent crisis was a failure of risk management -- a diagnosis widely shared among the members of the IIF. But we are also starting the next crisis: the public finance crisis in Europe, the United States and Japan.