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Michael Chabon on the Updated Huck Finn

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Good piece, but the hole in Chabon’s argument is the fact that he was able to “adjust” the text on his own to fit the needs of his audience. It wasn’t some arbitrary “arbiter of cultural goodness” who made the change for him.

The other problem? I’m sure he’d flip if someone changed what’s uncomfortable about his work after the fact and without his consent.

The Unspeakable, in Its Jammies | via The Atlantic

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January 14th, 2011 at 9:59 am

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Does One Word Change ‘Huckleberry Finn’?

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Interesting NY Times debate from several individuals on the aforementioned upcoming edit to Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.

Does One Word Change ‘Huckleberry Finn’? | via Room for Debate @ NYTimes.com

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January 6th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

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Sticking a Shiv in Mark Twain –> @Ditchwalk

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Excellent piece by Mark Barrett (Sticking a Shiv in Mark Twain) about the upcoming release of an expurgated version of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn, in which Twain’s use of the N-word is erased from the text.

Says Barrett:

Anyone over the age of twenty knows that you do not alter an author’s text to fit your world view. No matter how personally offensive you find an author’s words, no matter how society may have changed since a text was written, no matter how difficult open discussion of an author’s work might be, you do not, ever — ever — change an author’s text to make your life easier or better. You can write your own book, you can write volumes of criticism about the original text, but you’re not allowed to rewrite history for your own ends.

Excellent analysis with which I completely agree.

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January 4th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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