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 brouhaha.
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.