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Mark Twain Warned of Government Duplicity
Postmarks  January 27, 2004
"...Dear Editor: Mark Twain was horrified and heartbroken at his nation's mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Filipinos and spoke up clearly. In The Mysterious Stranger, he insightfully wrote: "The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of gross self-deception." No rationalizations justify this U.S..."

The Adventures of Huck Finn
It's hard to know who might be the targeted audience for this seventh film adaptation of Mark Twain's classic novel. Some of the material is simply too scary for kids...
Film Review  April 9, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Vance, Robbie Coltrane, Jason Robards and Ron Perlman. It's hard to know who might be the targeted audience for this seventh film adaptation of Mark Twain's classic novel..."

Black Knight
After the inexplicable popular success of Big Momma's House, no doubt Martin Lawrence and his handlers were searching for some sort of follow-up that would broaden the abrasive comic's range....

Film Review  November 23, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Something literary yet wacky, something that would allow Lawrence the chance to flex those comic muscles. The result of this is Black Knight, which ransacks Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in search of urban yucks and comes up lacking in almost every department..."

Sometimes Rumble, Sometimes Tumble
Joe Lansdale may be Texas' bloody answer to Mark Twain
Books Story  June 26, 2009, by Joe O'Connell
"...I absolutely had to be a writer. I was the right age at the right time." Lansdale was a brainy kid prone to reading everything from Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey to Batman comics to Jack London and Mark Twain...."

The Emperor's New Clothes
Fans of Terry Gilliam's early film work may find themselves experiencing no small amount (5' 5", really) of cinematic déjà vu upon viewing Taylor's adaptation of the novel The Death...
Film Review  August 23, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Helena surrounded by a coterie of servants and allies imprisoned alongside him in a well-appointed home atop the mountainous isle. When a plan is hatched that involves a double -- Eugene Lenormand, also played by Holm -- who will take Napoleon's place on the isle as the real emperor is spirited away, incognito, to France, and from there to his rightful place with his countrymen, it feels for a while as though we're reviewing history by way of Mark Twain, a Prince and the Pauper reimagining with lovestruck overtones..."

Critical Care
Critical Care should be quickly put out of its misery and tagged clearly with a big “Do Not Resuscitate” order. Sidney Lumet has directed many great films over the years...
Film Review  November 14, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...A heavily made-up Albert Brooks, as the absent-minded, alcoholic hospital director, Dr. Butz, looks and sounds as though he were Mark Twain performing a vaudeville sketch (in an office in another wing of the hospital that looks nothing like the structure in which everything else takes place)..."

A Kid in King Arthur's Court
Considering the fact that there are well-documented cases of near-infants being called upon to rescue helpless adults from the clutches of unprogrammable VCRs and terrifying screen messages like “general program...

Film Review  August 18, 1995, by Hollis Chacona
"...Starring: Thomas Ian Nichols, Joss Ackland, Ron Moody and Paloma Baeza. Considering the fact that there are well-documented cases of near-infants being called upon to rescue helpless adults from the clutches of unprogrammable VCRs and terrifying screen messages like “general program protection fault,” it stands to reason that the latest re-telling of Mark Twain's classic A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court would be a Disney effort with a kid in the title role..."

Playback: Roky Erickson at 70
Austin's native psych and horror rock pioneer Roky Erickson reaches 70 and throws himself a birthday concert to mark the milestone
Music Column  July 13, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...You know, studying things. Like I would read different authors: Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain...."

The Mark Twain Show
Second Youth Family Theatre's season opener is a perky and enjoyable sampler of the works of Samuel Clemens, better known to readers of literature and fence painters the world over as Mark Twain.
Arts Review  September 20, 2002, by Robi Polgar
"...The Mark Twain Show: Good-Natured WitThe Auditorium on Waller Creek, through September 22..."

Letters at 3AM: So Big Deal, Hemingway
Will Huck Finn be a valuable and immortal American archetype in the future?
Columns  July 24, 2014, by Michael Ventura
"...Take this parenthesis I wrote last year: "(And hey: Henry Miller, Willa Cather, and Mark Twain are the only American novelists certain to outlast the era of America's primacy.)"..."

"Ellen Heck: Variations"
Heck revitalizes the ancient art of printmaking by making fierce use of its potential
Arts Review  June 15, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Ellen Heck, the artist whose work is currently on display at the elegant Wally Workman Gallery in West Sixth's loose conglomeration of art galleries, has used the palimpsest as a method of portraiture, capturing the image of one Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, at various ages in his life. But, see, this isn't just a series in which the first print is obscured and then a new image is printed over it, and so on, repeating until six stages have been overlaid and the final image is ghosted by what came before..."

Snubbing the Censors
Austin celebrates Banned Books Week
Books Story  September 26, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...There will also be one major literary figure: Mark Twain, whose The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is another consistently challenged classic. Or, at least, the next best thing to Twain..."

Books Column  December 13, 1996
"...* SUN, DEC 15: Shelley Fisher Fishkin will appear at Bookstop Central Park to celebrate the dual publication of her latest book, Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture, and The Oxford Mark Twain, a 29-volume collection of Twain's works which she edited. Also in attendance will be Ray Sapirstein, contributor to The Oxford Mark Twain..."

Requiem for Tesla
Local mavericks Rude Mechanicals have plundered biographies and scientific history to give us the whole story of maverick inventor Nikola Tesla, and their production Requiem for Tesla, with its unnervingly choreographed lights, arresting video, beautiful period costumes, original score on theremin, strange dance numbers, and working Tesla coil, literally crackles with current.
Arts Review  March 2, 2001, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...We get the whole story of Nikola Tesla -- at least as much as an hour can hold -- from the man himself, as abetted by such luminaries of the past as Mark Twain, George Westinghouse, J. P..."

Comedy that stands the test of time, and royal dictates that don't.
Books Column  December 15, 2000, by Clay Smith
"...(You know wit -- wit is when you read something that forces you to make that wise and wry expression as you shake your head in a very knowing way, especially when other people are around, and humor is when you laugh out loud.) "I prefer to think that transcendent humor is the product of funny people, and that's all there is to say," Martin writes. His funny people: Mark Twain (Mark Twain's Library of Humor), S.J..."

The Man Who Loved Little Girls
Arts Story  October 9, 1998, by Ada Calhoun
"...Two such cards in the exhibit portray nude girls on the cusp of womanhood, showing that naked girls were stock images of ideals with no sexual overtones. Of course, this worship of young girls as symbols of innocence was not purely a British prerogative; in America, even Mark Twain had his own "child-friends." At the end of his life, a lonely widower estranged from his daughters, Twain began to "collect" girls as "pets." He took the girls on trips, had them to his house (which he renamed "Innocence at Home" in their honor), and wrote them some 300 letters..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  January 30, 2004
"...Mark Twain's Warning..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 4, 2003
"...The following quotation from Mark Twain's posthumously published work "The War Prayer" is worth pondering as the U.S. and UK invade Iraq..."

Big River: Pleasantly Adrift
Arts Review  July 29, 1999
"..."Persons attempting to find a plot will be shot by order of the author, Mark Twain." This tongue-in-cheek warning in the playbill for this year's Zilker Theatre Productions summer musical suggests that in place of a strong narrative, audiences should sit back as the sun sets and soak up the good feelings of the ensuing musical numbers, large and small, while relishing the tidbits of Twain's well-known story of the adventures of Huckleberry Finn. There is a plot to the evening's lengthy production, and it is submerged, albeit by some excellent distractions: booming voices, lovely duets, and a gifted chorus; a whole town's worth of bodies peopling the stage; spry antics and derring-do with a comic flair; Robert T..."

Debra Broz and Mark Johnson conflate and explode texts and images in their duo show
Arts Review  March 5, 2010, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Not in McLuhan's Gutenberg Galaxy, I mean, but in The Galaxy magazine, a popular American periodical of the late 19th century. Mark Twain – the first author to submit a typewriter-produced manuscript (Life on the Mississippi) – was a columnist for The Galaxy and once created for it a map that satirized newspaper coverage of the Franco-Prussian War..."

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