Column: In ‘Innocents,’ Twain was a wiseguy abroad

Sunday’s column (read it here) is one of my occasional books-oriented columns, in this case about my recent reading of Mark Twain’s “The Innocents Abroad.” (The Wikipedia entry on the book is here.)

I’m a little sheepish about these (perhaps rightfully so?) and slipped this one into print on a holiday weekend when news is scarce and many readers are probably otherwise occupied. I figure most of you dedicated enough to read my blog will think it’s perfectly fine that I throw away a column now and then on a personal interest, but feel free to condemn me or buck me up.

I’ve written two or three Twain-related columns before (after “Roughing It” and “Connecticut Yankee”) and will likely produce a handful more in the next few years, assuming I keep reading him as I intend to. Sheepish or not, in retrospect I wish I’d written one after reading “Life on the Mississippi,” which may be my favorite so far.

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