Trip to Mark Twain’s House
Latest Posts / May 24, 2016

We happened to be in Connecticut this weekend, so we thought a nice side trip would be to Mark Twain’s House in Hartford. We wanted to visit the house, but didn’t have a chance before now. While the neighborhood around the famous attraction is not the best, the house itself is magnificent. The house, built by money from his in-laws, designed by Livy Clemens and architect Edward Tuckerman Potter and decorated by Louis C. Tiffany & Co. The huge home has 25 rooms, 3 floors and over 11,000 square feet. Before the tour we visited the museum, currently it is about Twain’s daughters. Our kids got to play dress up, like the family and look at many interesting artifacts (dresses, books, etc.) and learn about the family in general. The kids were impressed with the Mark Twain Lego statue, and Daddy was impressed with a cool statue featuring characters from Twain’s books (Twain and his characters model). Click on image to view large image Click to view legend Click to view key   We opted for the Living History Tour with the maid Lizzie Wills, which was a great choice. The costumed member was both entertaining and knowledgeable, answering questions and making history come alive…

Fun Facts Friday: Mark Twain
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 30, 2012

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who is more famous under his nom de plume – Mark Twain – was born today in 30 November, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. Twain was an interesting man, a talented writer / author, a keen observer of life and a possessed a biting sense of humor.

Thoughts on: Nitt Witt Hill by Sebastian Gibson
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / February 8, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: Nitt Witt Hill by Sebast­ian Gib­son on Blogcritics. About: Nitt Witt Hill by Sebastian Gibson is a political satire which brings forward the absurdities of today’s politics. Unfortunately we call these absurdities “news”. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy to two winners of this book— enter at the end of the post. 248 pages Publisher: Sebastian Gibson Publishing ISBN: 0984777628 My rating for Nitt Witt Hill – 4 Great price on this book in paper format through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account Thoughts: Sebastian Gibson (website | Twitter | Facebook) sets the mood for Nitt Witt Hill right on the first page with a warning from famed author, critic, and political satirist Mark Twain: “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot”. In Nitt Witt Hill (named after Nitt Witt Ridge in California), Mr. Gibson leaves no political wing safe, he highlights the absurdity, corruption and idiocy of the political class (yes, class). While the situations in this books are twisted, they are also, unfortunately, sadly accurate. I have long maintained that the politicians…

Tempering with Twain
Opinion / January 19, 2011

None of us are surprised when common sense loses to political correctness – we encounter that almost on a daily base, after all that is what “procedures” and “policies” are for. It has recently been announced that Alabama-based publisher is planning new versions of “Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer” that will replace the “n” word with “slave” and will remove “Injun” as well – just for good measure. Professor Alan Gribben of Auburn University of Montgomery has came right out and stated that his hope is to make the books more palatable for teachers and as not to offend school children in particular. I understand the Professor’s good intentions, but committing an act which can is the equivalent of literary graffiti in order to impose political correctness upon one of the most politically incorrect authors in American history has already backfired. As far as I know, Huck Finn is read in high-school. Newsflash Professor Gribben – people in high-school are no longer “children”, they are young adults in the US and full fledged adults in most other parts of the world. The last thing these young adults need is a sugar coated past. The past is non-negotiable and Twain’s use…

Book Review: Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain
5 Stars , Biographies & Memoirs / January 3, 2011

One hundred years in the making, “The Autobiography of Mark Twain” (volume 1 of 3) is published as requested by Mr. Twain, a full century after his death. Samuel Clemens a.k.a Mark Twain insisted that his autobiography would be released under such circumstances to extend the copyright for his descendants as well as not to embarrass / insult any living person and/or their children.
True to his word, Mr. Twain manages to insult a few people.

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