Tuesday, January 04, 2011

NewSouth Books: Idiots of the Day

If your past embarrasses you, do you face it and move on.

Hell no, you rewrite it. Americans excel at that.

Dumb idea for dumb people.

What is a word worth? According to Publishers Weekly, NewSouth Books' upcoming edition of Mark Twain's seminal novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" will remove all instances of the "n" word -- I'll give you a hint, it's not nonesuch -- present in the text and replace it with slave.

The new book will also remove usage of the word Injun. The effort is spearheaded by Twain expert Alan Gribben, who says his PC-ified version is not an attempt to neuter the classic but rather to update it.

"Race matters in these books," Gribben told PW. "It's a matter of how you express that in the 21st century."

No need for an update here. These "publishers" are idiots in any time period.

Read more here.

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