Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Publisher Updates Culturally Disturbing Book-Jacket Photo of Mark Twain"

NewSouth books announced today that their new edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which will change all instances of the word "nigger" to "slave," will also include a new jacket photograph of Mr. Twain, updated to today's cultural norms. Alan Gribben, the Twain scholar responsible for the new edition, said, "The existing photographs of Mark Twain all feature an old man wearing a suit with unkempt hair. As a twenty-first-century man, it is offensive to see Twain lacking designer clothing, any sense of trendiness, or a ripped body. It is our job to provide an updated photograph of Mr. Twain that will not disturb anyone."

The new photograph appears below.

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