The Suez Canal, #Stuckboat, & The Sinews of War and Trade with Laleh Khalili

On the past, present, & future of the Suez Canal.

The Apocryphal Twain: “America is built on a tilt and everything loose slides to California.” (Plus Things Mark Twain Really Said About California!)

Is Mark Twain really responsible for this aphorism about curiously unhinged Californians?

A Music Box, Minstrel Songs, & Mark Twain’s Emo Playlist

Mark Twain’s complicated relationship with music reveals much about his writing process, personality, politics, and family relationships.

Unsealing the Archive of T.S. Eliot’s Love Letters to Emily Hale

In 2020, Princeton unsealed an archive left behind by a fairly anonymous teacher and dramatist with a very famous friend…

Project Huckleberry (a.k.a. The Mandalorian)

New episode of The American Vandal Podcast focuses on The Mandalorian and Twainian SciFi

Robinhood, r/WallStreetBets, Who’s Yellen Now, & The GameStop-ification of Finance

New episode of the American Vandal podcast with Michelle Chihara, Anna Kornbluh, & Leigh Claire La Berge.

Elmira Composer’s Arrangement of Clemens Family Poem Performed at Mark Twain House by Hartford Chamber Ensemble

Listen to & learn about “Good Night, Dear Heart,” a composition by Elmira native, Dan Forrest, based upon Susy Clemens’s headstone.

2021 Season of The American Vandal Podcast Begins With “The Myths of Reconstruction in the Wake of Insurrection”

Brook Thomas discusses the myths of Reconstruction on new episode of The American Vandal.

Death at Christmastime: Mark Twain & The Music of Merciful Release

Mark Twain spent much of the last decade of his life in mourning. Music became the centerpiece of his grieving process. Matt Seybold unwraps Twain’s personal soundtrack to loss and remembrance.