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A Genius Educator, Donald Trump and the Spread of Political Correctness

Rafe Esquith, teaching phenom of fifth-graders at Hobart Elementary School, ran afoul of the school’s administration, initially because of a joke overheard by a colleague.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE


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Madonna and Manchild: Is Adulthood in America a Relic of the Past?

What does Mark Twain’s classic outsider hero Huck Finn have to do with the small army of affable manchildren that actor Seth Rogen has played in Judd Apatow films?

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 READ MORE



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The Solid Nonpareil

Laughter was Mark Twain’s stock in trade, and for 30 years as bestselling author and star attraction on America’s late-nineteenth-century lecture stage, he produced it in sufficient quantity to make bearable the acquaintance with grief that he knew to be generously distributed among all present in the Boston Lyceum or a Tennessee saloon.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE


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Happy Birthday, Howard Zinn

The beloved historian, social activist and author of “A People’s History of the United States,” would have turned 90 years old on Friday. “Democracy Now!” remembers Zinn with clips from speeches he gave near the end of his life.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Daily Show’: Jim Gets a Promotion in the New ‘Huck Finn’

Once we start taking offensive yet instructive language such as nigger out of literature,
as is the case with Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” what’s next? Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore peers unflinchingly into ...

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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10 Reasons Why the Slurs Should Stay in ‘Huck Finn’

If you find this book offensive, don’t buy it or read it. There are plenty of books that none of us have an interest in reading for one reason or another. We don’t rewrite them. We simply choose not to read them.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Huckleberry Finn,’ Minus the N-Word

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is about to get a major makeover in the form of a significant edit to be made in NewSouth Books’ edition of Mark Twain’s iconic novel. Specifically, the notorious n-word will be swapped out for “slave,” along with one other race-related alteration.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



Mark Twain’s ‘Hundred-Year Book’

You wouldn’t really expect Mark Twain to go about the business of composing his autobiography in a conventional manner, now would you? The iconic American author’s personal history, released in full this fall after a century, is quite an extraordinary tale—as is the story behind its creation.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE


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