Saturday, November 14, 2009

Witty & wise

“In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.”
—Mark Twain

(Who's our modern day Mark Twain in terms of wit and talent??)

2 comments:

  1. Excellent question! I can't think of anyone writing today with Twain's wit. I checked out bookseer.com to see what recommendations they'd suggest and it just brings up more books by or about Twain. I'm curious to see what you or anyone else thinks.

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  2. it's el, I think it's a sadly barren field. The first two names that come to mind are David Sedaris and Jonathan Ames, both who have the wit, but I don't know about if the intelligence is as deep as Twain's. Of course the genres - semi-autobiographical essays - are different, too, but I think that's a sign of our times. M

    aybe David Kamp, too? He's more of a journalist, but brings a bounce and a spark to his writing that Twain definitely has...

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