Friday, January 30, 2015

Talking Twain

I'm at Macmillan's Criminal Element talking about Mark Twain. A sample:
Mark Twain (1835–1910) was never one to pull punches on politics, ethics, religion, slavery, or just about any cultural flashpoint, quite often leading public discourse on a number of weighty issues where his views, even today, still function as a moral compass. Twain approached each topic with wry humor, reminding us, “If you cannot have a whale's good opinion except at some sacrifice of principle or personal dignity, it is better to try to live without it. That is my idea about whales.”


Oscar said...

Twain put humor in the most serious of subjects.

Charles Gramlich said...

I still have some Twain to read. Read quite a bit but there is more.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

David, I'm with Oscar about Mark Twain's humour. Sometimes I get a kick out of merely reading his quotes.

David Cranmer said...

Oscar, He had a way of adding that necessary sugar (humor) to the needed medicine.

Charles, I'm desperate to read it all.

Prashant, A selection of his quotes is indeed funny.

Richard Prosch said...

Like so many giants, Twain must've been hell to live with. I enjoy reading him, but don't know if he would've made a good friend. I'd like to think so-- a complex man for sure.