March 11, 2013 |
It's not long, Mark Twain's “Advice to Little Girls,” a bit of satire written in 1865 and newly reissued as a picture book (Enchanted Lion: 20 pp., $14.95), with a suite of charming, broad-stroke illustrations by Vladimir Radunsky . But it is sharp, a pointed set of admonitions urging girls to think for themselves, which is a message as essential today as it was a century-and-a-half ago. “Good little girls,” Twain begins, “ought not to make mouths at their teachers for every trifling offense.
December 16, 2012 |
Hal Holbrook has never been afraid of tackling tough subjects in his TV and film roles. "I sort of like controversial things," said the 87-year-old actor, best known for his celebrated one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!," which he has been performing since 1954. FOR THE RECORD: Hal Holbrook: In the Dec. 17 Calendar section, the Classic Hollywood column about Hal Holbrook said the actor would be appearing in the coming film "The Promised Land. " The title is "Promised Land.
November 20, 2012
Re “ Congress agrees, in Twain we trust ,” Nov. 17 I'm glad that with all the commotion about the “fiscal cliff,” our lawmakers were able to spend the time on the issuance of commemorative coins to honor Mark Twain. We can't expect our highly compensated legislators to spend all of their time dealing with crucial issues. They need also to deal with frivolous matters such as commemorative coins. There is always plenty of time to address jobs legislation, infrastructure improvement and an oil rig explosion.
November 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- On Jan. 1, 2016, the Treasury Department will begin issuing commemorative coins to celebrate Mark Twain's contribution to American literary history, thanks to a bill approved by the House on Thursday evening. Mark Twain was the pen name used by Samuel Langhorne Clemens, most famous for writing "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and other American classics. During 2016, as many as 100,000 gold $5 coins will be issued with a surcharge of $35, while as many as 350,000 silver $1 coins will be issued with a surcharge of $10. Twain remains one of the best-known and widest-read authors in the world, with more than 6,500 editions of his books translated into 75 languages.
October 23, 2012 |
Ellen DeGeneres took home the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the top prize in comedy, on Monday night in Washington. "Washington, D.C., is so different from where I grew up," tweeted DeGeneres, a native of New Orleans, ahead of being honored. "When you take your top off, no one throws beads. " The evening - which saw the comic and talk-show host joining the ranks of previous winners including Will Ferrell, Billy Crystal, Tina Fey and Bill Cosby - wasn't all about jokes, however, reported the Washington Post, as DeGeneres was also recognized for one groundbreaking move: coming out as a lesbian on TV in 1997.
October 7, 2012 |
It's often said that good writers have to find their voice. If that's so, Samuel Clemens found his in Virginia City, Nev. While working for its local paper in the 1860s, he assumed the name by which he's best known: Mark Twain. Were he alive, Twain would still recognize this town 25 miles southeast of Reno; it hasn't changed much in the last 150 years. The bed Immerse yourself in local lore at the B Street Bed & Breakfast (58 N. B St.;  847-7231, http://www.bstreethouse.com )