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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.

The New Adventure of Huckleberry Finn

Akim Reinhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Akim Reinhardt

In editing the books he cherishes so much, Gribben is attempting to make them more accessible to high school students by creating an edition that won't be banned from many schools.

The Adventures of Mark Twain

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jonathan Schmock


The Death of Health Law Is Greatly Exaggerated

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

No doubt the Republican-led House will pound its collective chest in overturning the new health care law this month. This will be for show, since it knows the Senate will not concur, and there is also the president's veto pen.

Rewriting Huckleberry Finn Twists Twain's Intentions

Craig Hotchkiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Craig Hotchkiss

Trendy "feel good" sentiments of modern political connectedness are purging Huckleberry Finn of the ugly truth that Mark Twain sought to expose during the Jim Crow Era.

Huck and Finn Rewrite

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Roger Ebert Misses the Boat

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Morris W. O'Kelly

Ebert was well within his right to express his opinion on whether the N-word is less offensive than the institution that gave it life. His argument fails because he blithely omits the inextricable link between the two.

No Publisher Should "Edit" Mark Twain's Novels

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard Greener

Mark Twain's novels are about to be bloodied. As a novelist, I understand, object and feel compelled to protest.

Astoria Characters: The Master of the Mansion: 1927-2010

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"I want to die in this house." That's what Michael Halberian, owner of the storied Steinway Mansion, declared late on Christmas Eve. Three days later, the house that brought Michael life took him back.

Hits, Misses And Sleepers Of 2010

Associated Press | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dead men were big sellers in 2010, from Stieg Larsson and his Millennium trilogy to Mark Twain and the autobiography he wanted withheld until 100 year...

'When the Deal Goes Down': A Taxing Playlist for a Tax Deal

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

It's always been hard to make a fun, catchy argument for higher taxes in America. Here, then, is my taxing playlist for background music as America plays "Let's Make A Tax Deal."

Humor and Rapprochement

Blythe McGarvie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Blythe McGarvie

As you navigate our interconnected world, be mindful that humor is one of the most difficult cross-cultural skills to develop. Approach all people with a willingness to smile at them and laugh at oneself.

The Truth About New Jersey's Crime Statistics

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

When our leaders declare that crime is down without acknowledging ongoing problems in crime trends, they do a dangerous disservice to the entire New Jersey community.

Gratitude In A World Of Sin And Sorrow

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

Hoping to revive my career as a very slow lap-swimmer, my rheumatologist recently plunged a cortisone-filled needle into an inflamed tendon near my ri...

Tina Fey's Sarah Palin Joke Cut From Mark Twain Prize Speech (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Tina Fey was awarded the coveted Mark Twain Prize for Humor last week, and yesterday we showed you a clip of her hilarious acceptance speech including...

The Beauty We Fear Part 4: From Mark Twain to Malcom X (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
G. Roger Denson

Even when Americans began to travel to Muslim lands, from the start they displayed a more diverse response to Islam and its mosques, which over the course of a century graduated from the crude to the reverent.

Lies, Damnable Lies, Statistics ... and Polls*

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Whom to trust about the state of our State? Main stream media? Hardly. Politicians? Alas. Polls? Diminishingly. When was the last time you participa...

Mark Twain's Discourse: A Timeless Writing Course

Patricia Benesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Patricia Benesh

With the current excitement about the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography to be published in November, I re-visited some pages of his quotes about writing I'd collected through the years.

Toward an Instant City

J. Michael Welton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

The exhibit at 1500 Gallery shows photojournalism from the heady 1950s when the instant city of Brasilia rose up out of the South American desert draws distinct parallels between then and now.

Nobel Prize Snubs In Literature

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Since 1901, the Nobel Committee has honored outstanding individuals in the fields of science, peace and literature with a medal, personal diploma, cas...

Twain, Salinger, Kafka ... | Nicholas Royle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Their writings help us see in different and remarkable ways the extent to which literature and telephones are in cahoots. When the phone starts ringin...

Mark Twain and Hawaii: Long Before It Was the 50th State

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kate Kelly

in the 1860s, a young Samuel Clemens, who had only recently adopted the pen name of Mark Twain, was one of the first reporters to be sent from the mainland of the US to the Hawaiian islands.

An American Tradition of War and War Protest

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Cynthia Wachtell

What would happen if Melville and Whitman were mystically transported from the great beyond and asked to give their opinion of our modern wars? And how would they be received for their viewpoints?

Huffington Post Readers' Picks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In our article The 5 Meanest Reviews Ever, we asked you for some of your own personal favorite venomous reviews. You responded, telling us about revi...

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.