mark a rayner: The 14 people you need to help you decide if you should publish or not

There are three things that I love about this: they are tremendous and witty words of wisdom from Mark Twain. it is narrated by John Lithgow, who’s voice alone makes me laugh. the sleeping man scares me, and reminds me to be entertaining, as he should. In Twain’s own words: “But the man whom I ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: On Civil Obedience

“Laws control the lesser man… Right conduct controls the greater one.” – Mark Twain Never be obedient. Obedience is for dogs. No offence to dogs – I love dogs, and dogs are very admirable, as well as lovable, and there is much that we can learn from dogs. But we are not dogs, and we ...

Cowichan Conversations: We’re Still Getting ‘Huck Finn’ Wrong

By Nick Romeo A new book reminds us that Mark Twain would absolutely hate winding up on approved reading lists. Like his most famous creation, Huck Finn, he took a dim view of civilization. The quintessential American novel of rambunctious boyhood contains 13 dead bodies, numerous violent assaults and crimes, and a conspicuously casual deployment ...

Alberta Diary: Alison’s Albertan airplanes and architecture: Who knew? No one, it turns out!

A search for a member of Alison Redford’s cabinet or caucus who knew what was going on in the premier’s office might look something like this. Nothing like this is necessary in Alberta, though, because no one knew anything. It’s hardly necessary to say that real Alberta Tories may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below, ...

Molly'sBlog: Reading Mark Twain…’Christian Science’

Reading Mark Twain…’Christian Science’     ‘Christian Science’….Mark Twain, Harper & Brothers, New York, 1907      I was continuing my task of reading anything available, in print or on the internet, when I came upon this book, over a century old, in the recesses of one of my storage boxes. The volume life in 1899 in The ...

Politics and its Discontents: What Do Mark Twain And Charles Darwin Have In Common?

If you thought their commonality lay in their capacity for observation, thought, and contribution to the general good, guess again. First, Mr. Twain’s shocking ‘truth’: Next, the real story about the depraved Mr. Darwin: I’m certainly glad that he didn’t resort to any hyperbole in his litany of their ‘sins,’ but sadly, doesn’t Pastor Swanson ...

Alberta Diary: Potted history: why the winter of 2012 feels like the summer of ’73

Richard Nixon after his overwhelming 1972 re-election victory. Below: George McGovern, Alison Redford. Here in Alberta’s icy capital, the winter of 2012 is starting to feel like the summer of ’73. If you’re an Alberta Progressive Conservative, this is not a good thing. Let me explain. In the spring and summer of 1972, Richard Nixon, ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Just as it should be

Alltop is damn funny. Twain silhouette via Hirsute History t-shirts.

punditman: Foreign Policy 101: Plus ca Change

punditman says… Punditman is not sure why any student would want to study US foreign policy these days because the course could easily be completed in a couple of lectures. That is if the right prof. is lecturing. Or the student could just survey the internet for a couple of hours to get the ugly ...

punditman: Foreign Policy 101: Plus ca Change

punditman says… Punditman is not sure why any student would want to study US foreign policy these days because the course could easily be completed in a couple of lectures. That is if the right prof. is lecturing. Or the student could just survey the internet for a couple of hours to get the ugly ...

punditman: Foreign Policy 101: Plus ca Change

punditman says… Punditman is not sure why any student would want to study US foreign policy these days because the course could easily be completed in a couple of lectures. That is if the right prof. is lecturing. Or the student could just survey the internet for a couple of hours to get the ugly ...