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Mark Twain

PHOTOS: Mark Twain Classic Reinterpreted

Posted 06.28.2011 | Arts

Tim Rollins and K.O.S portray a visual investigation of three important pieces of classic literature by bringing forward their contemporary message. F...

Ten Literary Lines To Raise Your Glass To

Alex Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alex Palmer

Many great writers have also been great drinkers and their advice around this habit will either want to make you keep going or will stop you forever. But do try not to spit out your scotch laughing at the wit.

Norman Rockwell and Mark Twain: Two of a Kind

Jacques Lamarre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jacques Lamarre

It is easy to forget how both Twain and Rockwell could be provocative or daring, depicting the gravity of issues involving subjects like race, gender and class with penetrating clarity and seriousness.

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 Bestselling Memoir Proves Gilded Age For His Editors

latimes.com | Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Harriet Elinor Smith was accustomed to anonymity. As lead editor for the "Autobiography of Mark Twain" and other Twain books, she has spent decades ho...

Reading As An Equalizer: What James Joyce, Shakespeare Can Teach Us Today

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rick Ayers

Kiberd reminds us to hold on to, and honor, the truly democratic project that education must be.

What Is The History Of Modern Atheism?

Christian Science Monitor | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.26.2011 | Books

When the priest asks him why, with his days numbered, he still has not turned to God, Meursault, the death row inmate in Albert Camus's "L'Étranger,"...

Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio and Turtle Soup?

Matthew Jacob | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Jacob

Turtle soup might have disappeared completely in the U.S. had it not been for the Internet. The web has allowed those selling exotic goods to find consumers, and farm-raised turtle meat can be ordered online.

Can India Move From Gilded Age to Progressive Era?

Madhavi Bhasin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madhavi Bhasin

India has, in the past, overcome apocalyptic prognosis regarding its survival as a single democratic nation. Hopefully, the Asian elephant can now work its way out of its own Gilded Age.

American History Requires Study, Not Plastic Surgery

Donald Kaul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Kaul

Despite its role as a living document, the Constitution -- like Huckleberry Finn -- is in many ways a reflection of its time.

Starting Today, Read a Novel in Serial Format, Right Here!

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

2011-02-03-nov.jpgStarting today, I'm offering a novel in the chapter-by-chapter format that Charles Dickens used so successfully back in the 19th century.

Sylvia Plath Drew Hotdogs And Borges Sketched Dancers: Famous Authors Are Doodlers, Too

flavorwire.com | Emily Temple | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Everybody doodles. There's just something about an idle moment and a blank space on a page that invites a little design or two. Plus, there is some ev...

A 'Novel' Way to Read a Novel: Right Here on the Huffington Post

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Borrowing from the Victorian tradition of serialized publishing, my new novel, Seeing Red, will be published right here on the Huffington Post beginning next week.

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.

How To Tell The Truth At Work

Debbie Robins | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Debbie Robins

Business leaders around the globe are begging their teams to tell the truth -- to challenge ideas in meetings, to answer difficult questions with candor and to rock the status quo.

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...

Double Congress's Pay

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

We must separate our ire at the Congress of the moment from the nobility of the legislative task performed by the people we choose, and demand that congressional pay be doubled -- at least.

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.

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 | 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.

Educate Don't Censor: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the N-Word

Hetert-Qebu Walters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Hetert-Qebu Walters

The omission of a word that appears 219 times isn't a welcome alternative but an erasure, not just of the obstacles for educators who wish to use the book, but of what that deplorable word represents.

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.

The Real N-Word Is "Nonsense"

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth C. Davis

Some readers, along with educators and parents, have been offended by the use of a word that makes people uncomfortable -- with good reason. News flash: Art is supposed to make us uncomfortable.