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On Writing: Love and desire

...younger generation. "Illiterate" may seem too strong a word; surely they can read even if they don't. Still, as Mark Twain notes, the person who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the person who can't.But truth to tell, at...
On Writing: Religion and satire

...Please.The relationship between satire and religion is hinted at in the last novel by our greatest American satirist, Mark Twain. "The Mysterious Stranger" tells a story about a group of boys in late fifteenth-century Austria who meet a stranger...
Slack Tide: New Years resolutions for Juneau in 2015

...statistics show 90 percent of us fail to keep them. As Mark Twain once said: "New Year is the accepted time to make your...super easy ones like, for instance, resolving to quote Mark Twain more often. Generally speaking, experts agree the most effective...
Five Good Reads: Steve Quinn

...through the troubled career of one of the game's greatest goalies.? "The Stolen White Elephant" by Mark TwainThis Mark Twain gem - aren't they all, really? - stood tall on a shelf at The Haunted Bookshop in Sidney, British Columbia. This...
Director Fincher the right fit for 'Gone Girl' adaptation

...guilt, and that look in his eyes that says: Something's wrong. Boney is played by Kim Dickens and whatever sort of Mark Twain-country Sherlock you imagined reading Flynn's book, Dickens is right on the money, a savvy voice of intelligence...
Local bookstore owners plan for new chapters

...amidst rumors that both Hearthside Books and Rainy Retreat were about to close their doors. But, like reports of Mark Twain's demise, these rumors have been greatly exaggerated.Owners at both bookstores have indeed announced plans to sell...
Living and growing: Time for a change?

Most people I know don't like change very much. Many agree with Mark Twain's assertion that the "only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper." Change is easier for some than others but...
Take me out to the ballgame at 30 big-league parks

...two-hour drive to Samuel Clemens' childhood home in Hannibal, Missouri, the Mississippi River village that inspired Mark Twain's best-known books about the childhood adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. The Hannibal visit had a ripple...
Review: 'Mud' is a triumph for McConaughey, Nichols

...this rising tide as a distinctive talent to remember.Nichols is made in America, a storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain, uncanny in the way he understands human nature, inventive in spinning that into a movie. There is an ease with which...
Playlist: Space rock for an earthly age

...piece with dynamics that make the five-piece sound like, well, an army. Coincidentally, I'm in the middle of Mark Twain's "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc", so as I listen, I can't help but visualize some combination of the...


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