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Mark Twain

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Mark Twain Mark Twain, that teller of tall tales from the American frontier, has an almost mythical status in American literature and culture. The white suit, the wild hair, and the homespun humor have combined...

Though neither a humanist nor a Christian—nor, for that matter, even a romantic in the vein of Blake who feared the “dark Satanic mills” of Industrial England—Mark Twain identified the late-nineteenth century fear of the machine run...

As Barbara (The Power of Beauty) keenly observed how art took a dramatic turn towards Cubism and fragmentation in the early 1900s, I cannot help but wonder what led up to that shift. This week...