Tag Archives: Mark Twain

How Extravagant! My Christmas Present to Myself! Everything My Hero Ever Wrote!

[an “aside” in a stage whisper:] “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”–Erasmus, 1469-1536 Mark Twain is the funniest, most original, wholly American literary genius this country has … Continue reading

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“Hunting the Deceitful Turkey” by Mark Twain – An American Classic

First published in Harper’s Magazine in 1906 and then anthologized in THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER AND OTHER STORIES, this short remiscence of the young Twain pursuing a clever and cunning turkey hen over hill and dale with his paltry single shot … Continue reading

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The Library of America

If I am not careful, I am going to start sounding like a stodgy member of the literary establishment–NOT!  I think serious writers have to keep their distance–a safe one–from received opinion in order to access what it is that might … Continue reading

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Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

My Google “alert” for “‘Margaret Langstaff’ in the news” sent me a notice today that I died two days ago. Well, I felt like I had died two days ago, but, somehow I didn’t, so I want to hasten to add, … Continue reading

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My Inner Turkey

God got tired of animal sacrifices and “burnt offerings” ages ago (Psalms 40:6) and yet somehow we still haven’t gotten the message. This is a post-Thanksgiving “post” to assuage my after-the-fact, raging guilt over having yet again stuffed myself silly and had … Continue reading

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What’s So Funny?

     Neuroscientists Think (?) They’ve Nailed Laughter–NY Times I wonder what Mark Twain or Woody Allen or David Sedaris (even) would make of this recent NY Times piece.  Would that I could get their reactions. Endorphins!  The source of the pleasure … Continue reading

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The Assault of Laughter

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff All Rights Reserved As with an unfortunate minority of similarly wired souls, winter is always a down time for me. The gloom, the shorter days, the cold. They drain me utterly and I have to … Continue reading

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