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"Ballard, Terry Prof." <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 12 Mar 2004 11:19:02 -0500
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The Claymation Adventures of Mark Twain is, I agree a treat, and it is still available in VHS at Amazon:


For that, and many of the other extraordinary things that Will Vinton studios did, I'm holding out for the DVD (closed Mondays, Mountain Music, the Little Prince, etc), and they haven't been at all cooperative so far.

However you classify Gray, he was good at what he did, and I, for one, will miss him.


Terry Ballard, Automation Librarian
Quinnipiac University, Bernhard Library
275 Mt. Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT, 06518
203-582-8945         FAX:203-582-3451

"Humor is too important a matter to be left in the hands of a bunch of clowns."

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Fellow Twainiacs --
    The comparisons between Spalding Gray and Sam are a bit off kilter. I met
Gray several times during the course of my peripatetic career, and we had
wonderful exchanges. There is no question he was brilliant, ferociously
articulate yet somehow not completely connected to his many parts and selves.
    Then again, most writers of any importance aren't.
    Also,  Sam created and sustained a persona distinct from himself (anyone
who wants backup on that should check out the Claymation film "The Adventures
of Mark Twain," which may be the most dead-on account ever to address the
Sam/Mark dichotomy. It was marketed as a kids' film and sank; any help in locating
the video would be deeply appreciated), which Spalding did not.
    Sam was a reporter, an observer; what Spalding saw triggered stuff inside
him. While not exactly a narcissist, he owes no debt to Sam.

Yours in Twain,

Kathy O'Connell
Meriden, Conn.
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