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Ben Wise <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 1 Aug 2012 16:57:27 +0000
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I thought that Kevin B. had explained that it was due to the way messages are posted at his end, and there's really nothing we, senders or receivers, can do to correct it. But I agree, it's been a constant annoyance, and only encountered on this particular listserv. So...what's the problem, Kevin, and how can it be remedied? 


----- Original Message -----
From: "JULES AUSTIN HOJNOWSKI" <[log in to unmask]> 
To: [log in to unmask] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:38:53 PM 
Subject: Re: Twain feud inspires blog 

I had no idea that there was software to do this. 
I thought it was just a toggle switch in my e-mail that you could have it e= 
ither plain text or HTML form. 
Can you send us the URL's to find it so we can do this? 
I agree, it is annoying. 

Thank you! 

-----Original Message----- 
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mike Stone 
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 5:11 PM 
To: [log in to unmask] 
Subject: Re: Twain feud inspires blog 

I would like to recommend that everybody get software capable of sending te= 
xt messages that do NOT contain "=3D," "/," "@," and other assorted symbols= 
in the places where letters or spaces should be. My regular correspondent= 
s from Niger, besides having made millions of dollars available to me over = 
the years for next to nothing, are ALL capable of sending clean text messag= 
es, although the spelling and grammar are not always up to yours. I'd much= 
rather read the messages posted to this forum, but I find myself reverting= 
to the Nigerian correspondence to ease the eyestrain. 

Just a suggestion. 

Michel L. Stone 
116 East 4th Street 
Panama City, Florida 32401 
(850) 785-7272 Office 
(850) 785-7094 Fax 
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-----Original Message----- 
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Cosgrove, Wil= 
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 9:23 AM 
To: [log in to unmask] 
Subject: Re: Twain feud inspires blog 

Mark Twain Forum, 

I've noticed a lot of ads and sales pitches on the Forum lately that didn't= 
=3D seem to be there before. People seem to be pitching products of their = 
own=3D through the Forum that use Twain materials in various ways. I could= 
be wr=3D ong. These self-promotional materials are marketed to "Twainians= 
" and "Twa=3D iniacs" via the Forum utilizing the "Twainmania" we all are a= 
pparently cons=3D umed by. I may be mistaken. 
Perhaps I'm unfairly comparing some of today's Forum submissions with those= 
=3D of some years ago when academic and scholarly experts in Twain studies,= 
as=3D well as book collectors, literary critics, book reviewers, historian= 
s, afi=3D cionados contributed ideas, reviews, articles, opinions about Tw= 
ain and hi=3D s writings to the Forum. That must be it. Twain as an inter= 
esting and com=3D plex person and American writer and humorist was thoughtf= 
ully considered an=3D d discussed on the Forum I'm remembering. Perhaps I'= 
m misremembering. 
Maybe not, though. Deep into my inbox I ran into a bunch of old 2001 email= 
=3D s from the Forum that I had saved because they had interesting and comp= 
elli=3D ng things to say about Twain. In the middle of these was an email = 
dated 8/=3D 
8/01 which, in hindsight, may express one of the new directions the Forum w= 
=3D as about to take =3D97 from "academically stimulating" to "regardless o= 
f thei=3D r knowledge level about Twain." 
Here's the excerpt: 

"I would like to recommend a new topic for all of the Mark Twain Forum memb= 
=3D ers to engage in. Wouldn't it be interesting for all of us to find out= 
oth=3D ers' favourite Twain work and reasons why? Although I agree that i= 
t is aca=3D demically stimulating to continue the diatribe about Mark Twain= 
's biography=3D , the topic is becoming tired to me. If others agree to fi= 
nd a new topic t=3D o involve all the members, perhaps they will consider t= 
his one as a way to =3D involve all the subscribers, regardless of their kn= 
owledge level about Twai=3D n." 

When a "topic," even Mark Twain's biography, it seems, becomes "tired to me= 
=3D ," the Forum is perhaps well advised to cease its "academically stimula= 
ting=3D " diatribes in favor of finding out "others' favourite Twain work."= 
Maybe =3D that is the wisest course. Perhaps such change is good and ine= 
vitable. I =3D could be wrong. 

Best regards, 

Bill Cosgrove 
Professor Emeritus of English 
North Dakota State University 
6104 Tracy Ave. So. 
Edina, MN 55436 
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On 7/23/12 12:06 PM, "[log in to unmask]<mailto:richard@richardhenze= 
=3D>" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote: 

Hello all, 

Haven't posted anything here for a while; been producing my Mark Twain show= 
a couple of times a month here in Chicago, and adding new material all the= 
time. I was very fortunate to have Bernie Sahlins produce a "Mark Twain In= 
Person" for The Driehaus Museum here. Bernie is well into his eighties--he= 
founded the Second City Theatre; we've worked on many projects together si= 
nce 1979, but this was the first time he'd produced my Mark Twain show. 
The Driehaus is set to produce "Mark Twain's Christmas" in December (it say= 
s here); please let me know if you'd like comps/discounts to any of my show= 
s that play in your area. It's the least I can do to repay the pages and pa= 
ges of interesting and useful information and literature relating to our mu= 
tual Twainmania. 

Also, I've also published another Mark Twain audio book: Roughing It. 
It came in at 19 hours and 10 minutes, and I'm selling it as a download for 
$25 on my own "Mark Twain In Person" website. 

I am aware that this book has already been recorded several times, but I've= 
decided to not let that interfere with my enjoyment of it--nor any of the = 
other books that I've "covered"--it's always been the work itself that has = 
been the greatest reward--savoring his words, inhabiting the character,and = 
reliving his amazing and varied adventures. 

Anyone wishing for a "pre-publication" mp3 download of Roughing It, please = 
email me directly and I'll send you a free copy. This offer will expire Jul= 
31 at midnight. 

Also, I've begun recording Chapters from my Autobiography. I am posting the= 
chapters on SoundCloud as they are finished, but I will begin removing the= 
opening chapters once I reach Chapter 10, Hopefully some will want to buy = 
the whole book to share with a fellow Twainiac. 

Richard Henzel