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Twain's Feast: Forgotten Foods Worth Bringing Back

Andrew Beahrs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrew Beahrs

Today's post is aspirational--a way of prompting thoughts about what can be done to bring back some of the diverse abundance that Mark Twain took for granted.

6 Foods Mark Twain Loved That Can Still Be Found

Andrew Beahrs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrew Beahrs

In yesterday's post, I listed a number of foods that have vanished from America's tables since Mark Twain included them on a long fantasy menu written...

Mark Twain at NYC's Morgan Library

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Margie Goldsmith

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.

Twain's Feast: America's Vanished Foods

Andrew Beahrs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrew Beahrs

While traveling across Europe in 1879, Twain wrote a fantasy menu of all his favorite American dishes--some eighty in all--many of which have now vanished from the country's tables.

From Joe McCarthy to Glenn Beck -- Time to End Fear of the Witch Hunt

Paul Jay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jay

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.

Books That Sell

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Laurence Hughes

Twitter was all atwitter about a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece which argued that the increasingly difficult economics of the publishing business will soon lead to advertising in ebooks.

Mark Twain In New York City

The New York Times | MICHAEL POLLAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Mark Twain was a lifelong traveler, and his footsteps are all over New York City. Many of them are detailed in "Mark Twain: A Life" by Ron Powers (Fre...

ClemensGate: Why Liars Make Us So Upset

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Ropeik

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.

Meatless Monday: Remembrance of Things Past? Saving Vanishing Regional Food

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

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.

"Slush Pile": Where Did The Words Come From?

The Awl | Jane Hu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

According to the OED, the first occurrence of "slush pile" was not in reference to what we commonly now know as unsolicited manuscripts from unheard-o...

Mark Twain's Autobiography: Previously Unpublished Documents Reveal Shocking View Of Christianity, Criticism Of Roosevelt (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Mark Twain's autobiography will be published this November, 100 years after his death, per Twain's own dying wishes. A fear of being shunned for the s...

14 Incredible First Editions That Sold Big At Auction (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Encountering a first edition copy of an important book can be a magical experience. First editions of very old texts can also be extremely important h...

J.D. Salinger, Nicholas Sparks, Maurice Sendak And More: When Writers Get Angry

Lit Drift | Jiv Evanczuk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

There's definitely a certain appeal about the "angry" writer. I don't think I'm the only one intrigued with this idea; the Examiner recently put out a...

Subscriptions: They're Not Just for Magazines Anymore

Mark Coggins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coggins

Although popular in the 19th Century when bookstores were confined to large cities, the subscription sales model has been little used in modern publishing -- until now.

Can America Again Become An Imagine-Nation?

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. -- Mark Twain A woman I once worked with believed in a world in which everyone ...

Jane Austen's Hair, Dickens' Dog Collar: 9 Of The Most Surprising Auctioned Author Memorabilia (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Auctions of author memorabilia have produced surprising results over the last year. You won't believe what fans have wanted and what they left behind....

Friday Talking Points [121] -- Swampy Muck

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Once you get started, it becomes quite easy to justify shaking people down for their papers. I think the police should pull over anyone who looks like they work on Wall Street, at any time.

Open Your God Account Now, and Get a Free Gift!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

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.

Nabokov Marginalia: Author Graded New Yorker Stories, Gave A+ Only To Salinger And Himself

The New Yorker | Ian Frazier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Nabokov was also a professor of literature, and in his copy of the New Yorker anthology he gave every story a letter grade. The way he wrote each grad...

The Day Mark Twain Eloped with Death

Steve Courtney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steve Courtney

Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, died one hundred years ago this coming April 21. He had famously predicted that he had arrived with Halley's comet in 1835 and would depart with it in 1910.

Mark Twain Quiz: How Well Do You Know The Legend?

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's exactly a century since Mark Twain died, but his voice remains as fresh and witty as ever. How well do you know the man who gave the world Huck F...

Mark Twain Centennial: Rudyard Kipling's Interview With Mark Twain

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This article originally appeared as a Library of America Story of the Week feature. An Interview with Mark Twain Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) From "T...

Twain's Mark

Dan Mathews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Mathews

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.

Marking Twain

Cindy Lovell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Cindy Lovell

Although there are no direct descendants of Sam Clemens, one could argue that there are descendants of the persona "Mark Twain," such as satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Bankers, Regulators and Governments: the Difficult Consensus

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

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.