I am not, for obvious reasons, a fan of censoring books. So news that an American publisher will release a bowdlerized version of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was greeted by outrage by people other than myself.
In today’s National Post, I chat with Fred Kaplan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and columnist at Slate, about his new book 1959: The Year Eveything Changed, and examine the spate of non-fiction books — 1959, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1989 — which claim a year as “the most important ever.”
Who Moved My Idol? In today’s National Post I talk to archaeologists about the new Indiana Jones movie. Plus, I take a look at the relaunch of Toro magazine.
The Post’s coverage of the humanities congress ends today with my examination of the Canadian canon and a discussion of the political memoir in Canada. Also, be sure to check out the Post in June for my (almost) daily look at the last month of Sam the Record Man.
This week the National Post is running “Oh The Humanities,” a series on the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences. Pick up today’s paper for my look at the research academics are doing on food; I also examine the modern flaneur.