That is a very powerful piece of writing.
I noticed that a commenter (the comments after Chabon's piece are uncommonly
good as well) had offered a link to another powerful opinion, this time from
a high school teacher:
Well worth reading and rereading.
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jerry Bandy
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2011 1:42 AM
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Subject: Thank you
In the 14 years since I completed an undergrad course on Twain, I've been a
steadfast lurker on this list. Only now am I finally compelled to post, even
if it is only to post a link to yet another response to the Huck Finn
Michael Chabon's response in the Atlantic,
affected me more directly than most other opinions I've read on the subject
so far. Like Chabon, I am also a father of two young children with a hearty
appetite for books. As in Chabon's anecdote, I know that some day in the
ever-nearing future I'll be faced with a similar conflict of how to navigate
the n-word and of how to steer my children into the correct contextual
current. I know when that moment arrives I will appreciate, even more than
I do now, the voices on this list.
So in advance, I want to thank you all for your tireless, entertaining, and
informative devotion to Twain scholarship.