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May 13, 2004
Ahhh

Thanks to Ralph E. Luker I found a brief discussion of one of my favorite authors, Mark Twain, and one of my favorite books, Innocents Abroad, but this short treatment doesn't begin to do justice to either of them.

Twain's tourists, the quintessential "Ugly Americans" traipse through the wonders of Abroad, chewing gum and wiping their feet on the sacred prayer mats and are, in turn, treated with something less than complete reverence by the world they encounter. No one escapes unscathed, but to be scathed by Mark Twain is an honor.

Embarrassingly, I was previously unaware of the existence of Common-Place but I've got it bookmarked now. It won't escape me again.

I see they're also offering an essay reminding us that the "sanctity of marriage" crowd cherry-picks history to support their position.

What a fascinating site. I'll be weeks working my way through the archives.

Also via Ralph E. Luker today, In Nothing We Trust.

Also? This is just octopus voyeurism.

Posted by AnneZook at 04:41 PM


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