Put all of the winners in a single room and you wouldn't have a down
payment on Twain's wit and sheer satircal power. To paraphrase the master,
"It's the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." I'm solidly
with Harold on this one. It's a crime that it never went to Vonnegut. It
could still go to Garrison Keillor, but it won't. And so it goes.
On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 8:12 PM, Harold Bush <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Ellen DeGeneres. really? ? ? ?
> Wow. All due respect, but I'm wondering what some older folks like Carol
> Burnett must be feeling right about now. Surprising choice, given folks
> like Letterman and Leno, or even Jon Stewart, have not gotten it yet....
> Political correctness aside, I'm a bit confused about all this.... who, if
> anyone in the "Twain scholarly community," are they consulting?? I DVR-ed
> the event, and it is funny; but Wow!
> I recognize they are going for the ratings. But I thought -- originally,
> with the awarding of the likes of Jonathan Winters and Carl Reiner, Bob
> Newhart and Lily Tomlin -- that it was meant to be some sort of lifetime
> achievement award. And the picture of the white-suit Twain on the website
> seems to confirm this, along with the description of the award.
> But I feel bad for the likes of Carol Burnett, or even David Letterman, who
> reinvented the talk-show format.
> Every year we hash this out a bit -- and maybe I'll get slammed for this
> jeremiad -- but I just thought I would bring it up again and see if others
> had any response.
> Harold K. Bush, Ph.D
> Professor of English
> Saint Louis University
> St. Louis, MO 63108
> 314-977-3616 (w); 314-771-6795 (h)
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