Leave Mark Twain alone! 😡 I’m not a fan of the N-word, but I’m a fan of Mark Twain’s purpose behind using it 200+ times throughout his novel. He wanted to depict that particular time in history and what culture was like in those days. Replacing the word does nothing. If anything, I feel like it demeans a part of our history or tries to sweep it under the rug like it never happened. NOTHING will ever erase those memory. Granted, I didn’t live in those days, but I’ve relived the Jim Crow laws via my grandmother’s angery eyes whenever she sits down and shares her stories of growing up in the south. The N-word is all of our history, the good, the bad, and mostly the ugly. I want to remember it because it’s a constant reminder of how far we’ve come and how much further we have to go.
So leave Twain alone!!!
If you haven’t seen this video, then you don’t own a computer or have a TV. I swear, every time I hear this guy’s voice, it’s haunting. His story would make a great lesson for those who are hooked on drugs and alcohol and think they can’t make it back or that there aren’t any second chances. You just never know. Thankfully, he has a happy ending. The happy ending we all hope for someday.
The part that really got my eyes a tad teary was to know that he was on a plane to see his mother who he hadn’t seen in 10 years. I could be wrong, but I think he wanted that more than anything anyone could ever offer. Luckily, he has a bunch of those too. 😉
The biggest news on the web block these days has to do with Borders. So, I’ll first ask, “Have you heard the news?” If not, here are a bunch of links to get you started:
In case you can’t tell by the titles, Borders isn’t doing so good…or is it well? Anyway, they’re hurting and have been for a while. They remind me of Dorchester who has also been in a death spiral with no hopes of pulling out. But believe it or not, I have more faith in Dorchester. Borders? Not so much. My reasoning for this has to do with my own shopping habits. I’ll hit up Amazon to save a few bucks before I will my local bookstore.
Borders has been very kind to romance writers and most of it–I think–is due in part to bookseller Sue Grimshaw. She was a guest at our local RWA chapter a few months back and can easily be ranked as one of the best guests of all-time. Not only is she tall and pretty–yeah, I’m jealous 🙂 –but she really knows her stuff when it comes to what sells and what does from book covers, to author promotions, to the stories themselves. If she loses her job, I’ll be very sad.
So these are some of the things I’ve come across this week. Comments? Anything you’d like to share?