The Only Footage of Mark Twain: The Original & Digitally Restored Films Shot by Thomas Edison

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We know what Mark Twain looked like, and we think we know what he sounded like. Just above see what he looked like in motion, strolling around Stormfield, his house in Redding, Connecticut—signature white suit draped loosely around his frame, signature cigar puffing white smoke between his fingers.

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Art Garfunkel Lists 1195 Books He Read Over 45 Years, Plus His 157 Favorites (Many Free)

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If you’ve been wondering what Art Garfunkel has been up to lately, the answer is that it seems that he’s been reading. A lot.

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Readers Predict in 1936 Which Novelists Would Still Be Widely Read in the Year 2000

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Few know as much about our incompetence at predicting our own future as Matt Novak, author of the site Paleofuture, “a blog that looks into the future that never was.

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Novelist Michael Chabon Sang in a Punk Band During the ’80s: Newly Released Audio Gives Proof

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The bio on Michael Chabon’s website is one of the most punk rock author bios I’ve ever seen. Clearly, the task of writing it was not left to chance or some publicist.

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Literary Critic Northrop Frye Teaches “The Bible and English Literature”: All 25 Lectures Free Online

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One reason I’m glad for having had a childhood religious education: it has made me conversant in even some of the most obscure stories and ideas in the Christian Bible, which is everywhere in English literature.

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Partisan Review Now Free Online: Read All 70 Years of the Preeminent Literary Journal (1934-2003)

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Founded by William Phillips and Philip Rahv in February of 1934, leftist arts and politics magazine Partisan Review came about initially as an alternative to the American Communist Party’s publication, New Masses. While Partisan Review (PR) published many a Marxist writer, its politics diverged sharply from communism with the rise of Stalin.

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20 Free Essays & Stories by David Sedaris: A Sampling of His Inimitable Humor

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My first exposure to the writing of David Sedaris came fifteen years ago, at a reading he gave in Seattle. I couldn’t remember laughing at anything before quite so hard as I laughed at the stories of the author and his fellow French-learners struggling for a grasp on the language.

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Hear David Foster Wallace Read His Own Essays & Short Fiction on the 6th Anniversary of His Death,

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Yesterday, of course, marked the 13th anniversary of the horrible attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Today marks the 6th anniversary of David Foster Wallace’s death by suicide.

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Bill Murray Gives a Delightful Dramatic Reading of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn (1996)

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George Barnard Shaw once called Mark Twain “the American Voltaire,” and like the inspired French satirist, Twain seems to have something to say to every age, from his own to ours.

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Georges Bataille: An Introduction to The Radical Philosopher’s Life & Thought Through Film and eTexts

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Charles Baudelaire’s decadent visions pushed the Victorian cult of beauty toward modernism, Henry Miller’s lurid epics pushed a then staid modernism toward anarchic beat writing, and Georges Bataille and the surrealists of his arts journal Documents gave us much of the culture we have today, call it what you will if postmodern is too passé.

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