mark twain

John Lithgow Reads Mark Twain

Who is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain himself
(new, never-before published works, Spring 2009)
Chapter 2: “Whenever I am about to publish a book…”
Read by: John Lithgow
Publisher: Harper Studio
Direction and Live Drawing by Flash Rosenberg
video editor: Sarah Lohman

Screened at “How to Live Dada: Andrei Codrescu, Henry Alford and Mark Twain Interview Each Other” LIVE from the NYPL, April 13, 2009

Huck Finn & Robot Jim

After flying and travelling this week, I feel a bit wonky and definitely sleepy. However, I couldn’t help but get a giggle at this. Banned Books Week pointed me in the direction of this silly youtube video.  Apparently, the two producers also have compiled a version of Huck Finn with the “n-word” taken out and replaced with the “r-word.” You can find a sample, download the e-book, or watch the book trailer on their website. But as silly and ironic as their project is, I can’t help but do the proverbial head-slap over the fact that there are people out there who actually want to censor Mark Twain’s classic.