Arts criticism is alive and kicking

Mark Twain was an adroit political and social commentator, but a waspish literary critic. Writing about James Fenimore Cooper, whose novels The Last of the Mohicans (1826) and The Deerslayer (1841) were among the most popular American books of the 19th century, he pulled no punches.  Continue reading Arts criticism is alive and kicking

Dropping a hot potato

According to Mark Twain, “It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” Substitute “blog” for “speech”, and it’s a blessing when a likely topic just falls into one’s lap. Continue reading Dropping a hot potato