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March/April 2011

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March/April 2011

sepia photograph of Mark Twain standing behind Henry H. Rogers in Bermuda, 1908

Mark Twain's Latest Autobiography

One hundred years after his death on April 21, 1910, Mark Twain is having one of the busiest years of his afterlife.

By Jerome Loving

Volume 32, Issue 2

Mark Twain on the cover of March/April 2011 issue.

Courtesy of the Mark Twain Project, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

  • Features

    Lev Manovich in front of the HIPerSpace.

    Graphing Culture

    Lev Manovich uses supercomputing to see the big picture.

    By James Williford
    Image of Alexander Hamilton

    History's Exemplars

    Richard Brookhiser shows the relevance of Alexander Hamilton to our modern lives.

    By Andrew Ferguson
    National Humanities Medal

    Ten Extraordinary Lives

    This year's class of National Humanities Medalists.

    Image of John Muir

    John Muir, Nature's Witness

    The founder of the Sierra Club worshiped the outdoor world.

    By Anna Maria Gillis
    Image of Herbert Hoover

    The Politics of Food

    How America kept Russia from starving.

    By Ronald Radosh
  • Departments


    The Beehive Archive

    Utah listens to its own quirky history.

    By Sarah Auerbach

    A Common Story

    Kansans tell their diverse stories.

    By Steven Hill

    The Great Escape

    New Hampshire remembers the authors of Curious George and their escape from Paris.

    By Sarah Stewart Taylor

    Ten Years of Prime Time

    Louisiana marks ten successful years of a literacy program.

    By David Skinner


    Stained-Glass Heaven

    The Bosco-Milligan Foundation / Architectural Heritage Center in Portland has preserved hundreds of stained-glass windows from the mid to late nineteenth century, including work from the celebrated Po

    By Steve Moyer

    Dante: Auctor, Autore

    The question of authority among writers nags us less today than it did in the late Middle Ages, when poets and philosophers began daring to pen their works in the vernacular.

    By Steve Moyer

    "Saving Fats"

    Permission to write also comes up in Sam Shepard’s latest book, Day out of Days, a collection of short stories that offers one incredible tale told by a friend of Fats Domino’s bodyguard abou

    By Steve Moyer

    Telecommunications Triumphs

    Staying up all night working on his code and such for the glory of France, Napoleon still had time for other long-lasting achievements—namely, his optical telegraph.

    By Steve Moyer

    That's Amore

    Three women in novelist William Faulkner’s life affected his storytelling profoundly through their own literary and artistic abilities. Additionally, one of the three transformed his notions of race.

    By Steve Moyer

    Impertinent Questions

    Impertinent Questions with David Cartwright

    Was Arthur Schopenhauer a dog person?

    By David Skinner (Edited by)

    In Focus

    Kentucky’s Virginia Carter

    Virginia Carter promotes her state's history with Chautauqua.

    By Sarah C. Vos


    Editor's Note, March/April 2011

    In this issue, we honor the 2010 Humanities Medalists.

    By David Skinner