by Jill Pantozzi | 5:30 pm, November 24th, 2012
by Susana Polo | 11:47 am, October 23rd, 2012
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts named Ellen DeGeneres the next recipient of their Mark Twain Prize in May, and as it was written, so it has come to pass. The career of the actress, comedian, and host (of talk shows and award shows alike) was honored with a star-studded gathering at the Kennedy Center last night, and though we won’t get to see it until it airs on PBS next week, there’s still plenty of quotes.READ MORE
by Alanna Bennett | 11:30 am, August 5th, 2012
Mark Twain lived in a time long before Instagram, before Youtube, even before the true acknowledgment of film as both an artform and as a commercial possibility. He probably liked it this way, but for us used to the modern era it means we are sadly dereft of the pleasures of watching the famous author move around his estate in that crotchety way we can all imagine. Usually. There is, however, this: What is said to be the only existing motion picture of Twain, taken by Thomas Edison himself.
by Jill Pantozzi | 12:33 pm, April 12th, 2012
Mark Twain’s novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is what most would call a “classic.” Published in 1884 with illustrations from E.W. Kemble, Huckleberry Finn was not widely praised but rather criticized for its vernacular and what was seen as a crude writing style all around. It had its troubles at first but it wasn’t until the 20th century that it garnered a large amount of criticism for what people considered its racial stereotypes. Though it’s banned in certain schools (even to this day), the novel is often names as one of America’s Greatest novels. But what if it had…robots?
That’s where creators Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine come in. Much like Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Diani and Devine added a modern term into a classic piece of fiction. But Diani and Devine had a very particular goal. They didn’t just want to add zombies to Huckleberry Finn and create an alternate world, they wanted to make a point of it. So they replaced every instance of the “n-word” or “slave” with “robot,” to rather interesting effect. Hence, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Robotic Edition was born. Read on for our interview with Diani and Devine where they discuss their approach to the project, challenges, and why censorship is a bad idea.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 10:10 am, July 20th, 2011
Mark Twain himself had three daughters, but only outlived one of them, and so it should come as no surprise that in his later life he counted the interactions he had with his dozen or so “surrogate granddaughters” to be his “life’s chief delight.”
What is surprising, given all that, is that the humorist wrote his Advice for Little Girls in 1867, five years before he would become a father, so whether this is advice from an uncle, an observer, or a former little boy, is up for debate.READ MORE
by Jamie Frevele | 1:58 pm, May 5th, 2011
Before creating Calvin & Hobbes, Bill Watterson was an editorial cartoonist for a Cincinnati newspaper. He specialized in cartoons inspired by and including quotes by Mark Twain. He lasted six months. But we think he did okay after that. After the jump are more vintage Watterson cartoons.READ MORE