The Twain Doctrine

The midcentury resurgence of interest in Mark Twain’s life and work was fueled by the propaganda operations of both the U.S. and U.S.S.R.

The John T. Lewis Story: A Repeat Epistolary Performance

Two scholars from the Mark Twain Project analyze Twain’s storytelling technique by comparing two letters recounting the same famous incident at Quarry Farm.

The Ministry For The Future (Worldwide Climate Teach-In Special Episode) with Sheri-Marie Harrison, Anna Kornbluh, & Min Hyoung Song

American Vandal episode on Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel, Ministry For The Future, is part of the Worldwide Teach-In On Climate & Justice.

Athens By Moonlight: Mark Twain Tours Ancient Greece in The Innocents Abroad

Sam Clemens broke quarantine in 1867 to sneak into Athens and produce a vision of the “birthplace of democracy” that would appeal to American readers of the time.

Bullshit Jobs, Fuck Work, & The Legacy of David Graeber with James Livingston & Corey McCall

New episode of The American Vandal Podcast about David Graeber’s posthumous book, The Dawn of Everything, as well as the Great Resignation, the Great Recession, the Great Risk Shift, and much more.

Working For The New Yorker: Putting The Historicity Back In The French Dispatch with Nora Shaalan & Dan Sinykin

Wes Anderson’s new movie takes inspiration from a literary magazine with a grand legacy.