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Mark Twain’s Cyber Perspective

So the response to Tuesday's Washington Post story that computer hackers had stolen secrets associated with U.S. weapons was Pavlovian. Within hours, it was all...

How Not to Compromise

What Americans need now is not just compromise for its own sake; it’s smarter compromise based on finding the real middle in negotiations

Who Controls The Mighty River?

Mark Twain, the bard of the Mississippi River, was always skeptical of human efforts to control it. "Ten thousand river commissions, with the mines of the world...

Don't Look For Lessons in the Story of Cathie Black

Mark Twain famously cautioned us to take from an experience only the wisdom that is in it and to stop there. That sensible admonition is routinely ignored in our...

A Man in Full.

One thing just about everybody knows about Mark Twain is that he had the pleasure of being able to say that the reports of his death were greatly exaggerated...

Camel Safari

On the face of it, the camel is hardly a lovely creature. Mark Twain in Innocents Abroad compared it to "an ostrich with an extra set of legs." And yet over five...

The Mark of Twain.

In the New York Public-School system, we read Huck Finn in the eighth grade. For a kid from the suburbs, the picaresque story of Huck and Jim was wonderfully...

A Brief History of Posthumous Literature

The villains of Lisey's Story, Stephen King's 2006 book about a famous novelist's widow, are dubbed Incunks — crazed academics and collectors who want nothing...