Sorry to disagree, but I've read the article twice and hardly find it a
"screed." It's an informed piece of writing, and by New Yorker standards it's
brief. One can, of course, disagree with some of Adam Gopnik' judgments, but
that's true of many reviews I've read in this publication.
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From: Harold Bush <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Sat, November 27, 2010 11:51:29 AM
Subject: Twain in New Yorker
apologies if this is already posted somewhere; but there is a scathing
article about the AUTOBIOGRAPHY in the latest NEW YORKER. I'm not sure it
will rate with the notorious Jane Smiley piece of several years ago, but it
may be close, at least in the spirit of its deeply antagonistic attitude
about my adoptive state's favorite son. OUCH!
a much shoter e-version of this screed is vailable at:
All kidding aside, I'd be interested in hearing others' views of this bitter
piece. Also: I think this author --one Adam Gopnik-- claims that about 95%
the new AUTOB. has already been published in the 3 earlier versions --is
this true, did I miss that somewhere??
On Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 10:07 AM, Ron Owens <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This morning's (Sat. 11-27) NY Times has an interesting, brief
> editorial on Twain's autobiography. "Mark Twain's Big Book" or this
> -- Ron O. in Elmira
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