Browsing tag: mark twain

edison film of mark twain circa 1909

I’ve always wondered about the man’s mannerisms. This doesn’t quite satisfy that curiosity but it’s more than I ever thought I’d see. True, I’ve had a vague but incessant obsession with the lettered curmudgeon since reading Innocents Abroad some time back in the 90’s, but I can’t be alone in finding this little piece of

advice to youth. on unloaded firearms.

Therefore, just the same, don’t you meddle with old unloaded firearms; they are the most deadly and unerring things that have ever been created by man. Mark Twain Only four days ago, right in the next farm house to the one where I am spending the summer, a grandmother, old and gray and sweet, one

discover. dream. explore.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain Yes. I am a Goob.


“Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ~Mark Twain

the innocents abroad

It was ’round about this time, in 1867, that Mark Twain set out on his grand tour of Europe and the Middle East. The letters he wrote, to be published in papers back home, became the basis for a book. Hemingway, whom I’m slowly falling in love with again, once said that all modern American

the invalids story. only not.

I spent all day drinking coffee and eating nothing, then came home to Burger King at midnight. I don’t know if it was the hour or the not quite food but just after I fell asleep I fell down the rabbit hole. And that’s about as close as I can come to describing the dream

an impressive kind of cow

“I don’t see any use in having a uniform and arbitrary way of spelling words. We might as well make all clothes alike and cook all dishes alike. Sameness is tiresome; variety is pleasing. I have a correspondent whose letters are always a refreshment to me, there is such a breezy unfettered originality about his


“What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.” -Samuel Clemens