Bob Newhart (along with Mark Twain) still appeals to
the sacred 18-to-35 demographic? Now that I think is
reason to celebrate.
And I thought many, if not all, of these honorees
wrote a lot of their own material. (That means we can
call them writers.)
This forum seems to have a history of bad-mouthing
anything anyone else does concerning Twain: the latest
PBS documentary, the latest biography, the latest
I feel like quoting that other American icon, Rodney
Instead I'll use a quote often attributed to Twain:
"My books are water: those of the great geniuses are
wine. Everybody drinks water."
People keep treating Twain like a producer of water;
we want him treated like a wine producer. Twain
belongs to the masses, not to us connoisseurs.