Kids Discover Mark Twain in Hannibal, Missouri

I want my kids to know great American literature, and hopefully even enjoy it. ...more

Exploring Virginia City With the Spirit of Mark Twain

Virginia City is only about 15 miles from Carson City and a little further from Reno, but it's one of those places you have to put some work into getting to--winding up the mountains, taking treacherous turns, praying that the run-away trucks the state has kindly put lanes up for don't come up on you. But then you make one last corner, and you see it. And it's magnificent. And you're so glad you took the drive....more

A Dangerous Woman

   Adah Isaacs Menken (June 15,1835 – August 10,1868) was the original global Superstar, the first media celebrity, a daredevil American performer who risked her life on stage. Her definitive biography A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken 1835 – 1868 America’s Original Superstar by Michael Foster and Barbara Foster is now available in hardcover and kindle. A poet and rebel, she was known to Victorians as “The Naked Lady.”...more

Adah Menken, the Civil War sex siren, was secretly a woman of color, jewish and had 5 husbands. ...more

Anonymous Encouragement

After word began to get out that I was leaving my company to go out on my own as an independent contractor, I received a curious email on my work account. It landed in my Inbox as opposed to Junk Mail folder, although I didn't recognize the email address. The email contained only the following:...more

Today Is a Thursday

First off, I have been listening to NPR and they brought up a good discussion on the modification of books such as Huckleberry Finn regarding words altered instead of saying Injun saying native american, ect... and so forth... Here's my question. How do people feel about this? I feel that Mr. Twain or Mr. Clemens however you refer to him would be rolling over in his grave right now as a liberal critic of American Society the words he used were the words he ment to use if I may....more

(UPDATED, VIDEO) Tina Fey Becomes Youngest Winner of Mark Twain Prize for Humor

Earlier this week, Tina Fey was honored at the Kennedy Center as the thirteenth recipient -- and at 40, the youngest -- of the esteemed Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. It's yet another accolade in an ever-growing list for the plucky actress/writer/producer and comedienne. Not bad for a self-described "super-nerd." ...more

You and me both, sister.


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Should We Have Waited 100 Years? Mark Twain's Autobiography and Today's Blogging

Mark Twain asked for 100 years to pass to have his autobiography published in what he hoped would be a more open-minded era (he had unpopular feelings about events of the time). But a stronger reason may have been this: Even if he was telling the absolute truth, with no fish stories that could be challenged by his peers, Twain may have felt uncomfortable being his true self and speaking openly about people who had a chance to read about themselves in print. It's an idea that bloggers know all too well. You start writing for yourself, and within a few posts, you realize that your story is also tied to many other people. Some of those people will be excited to see themselves described through a blogger's eyes (especially when it's a good story), but more than one blogger has seen the negative consequences of writing about other people. ...more

Damn, I'm totally hunting you down at BlogHer this summer so I can hear this potty ...more

Death of Blogs Has Been Greatly Exaggerated - Tips To Blogging Your Way to More Traffic, Visibility and Income

Mark Twain once remarked, “Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated.” The same holds true for Blogs. Statistics show that Blogging is still one of the most effective ways to promote your company, expand your Internet footprint, position you as an authority, and generate increased website traffic, leads and sales. Read more here:

Web Success Team- I Heard it Through the Internet Grapevine

nternet marketing gossip is exploding  — and the line between fact and fiction is blurring. If gossiping is a crime, then every blogger and Internet savvy professional needs to be incarcerated for this misdemeanor. What was once an indulgence is becoming a dependency as more and more individuals are turning to various social media outlets to extract their daily dose of breaking news and scandal. ...more