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Monday, May 15, 2021

A little-remembered phase of Mark Twain’s life is his four months on assignment for the Sacramento Union newspaper in the Sandwich Islands, dispatches from which were later collected in “Mark Twain’s Letters from Hawaii”.

I like the idea of America’s greatest writer looking for the perfect wave:

You heard right, Huck: America’s greatest writer took a wooden surfboard and paddled out to wait, as he had seen naked locals do, “for a particularly prodigious billow to come along,” upon which billow he prodigiously wiped out.

“None but natives ever master the art of surf-bathing thoroughly,” he wrote.

Is it good or bad that he never incorporated the experience into “Huckleberry Finn”? Picture Huck and Jim surfing down the Mississippi…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/15/2006 11:27:23 PM
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hatin' on ya
It’s a certainty that Dave Chappelle will get another television gig eventually, on Comedy Central or elsewhere.

But even if he doesn’t, he’s assured himself of immortality in the medium, just on the strength of his turn as Silky Johnson in the outtake sketch, “The Time Haters”:

“We are the Time Haters. We traveled all the way back through time — to call you a ‘cracker’.”

I cannot watch that bit and not laugh myself silly.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/15/2006 10:48:55 PM
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Yes, O.J. Simpson is keeping busy these days. He’s starring in “Juiced”, a direct-to-DVD “Punk’d”-like ripoff.

The highlight/lowlight: A filmed prank where he tries to sell the infamous ‘94 white Bronco.

I must say, O.J. is employing some rather unorthodox methods toward locating the Real Killer…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/15/2006 09:41:42 PM
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