New Adventures of Queen Victoria by Pab Sungenis

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  1. BillThompson

    BillThompson said, almost 6 years ago

    And he’s writing it with a pen warmed up in Hell. You rule, Mr. C!

  2. Coyoty

    Coyoty GoComics PRO Member said, almost 6 years ago

    He would have, too.

  3. JohnnyDiego

    JohnnyDiego said, almost 6 years ago

    Letters from Earth

  4. JackParsons

    JackParsons said, almost 6 years ago

    Indeed. The man wrote 4 or 5 normal books that everyone knows and 30 book-feet of truly wack shit.

  5. The Old Wolf

    The Old Wolf said, almost 6 years ago

    Diary of Adam and Eve was a crackup.

  6. grapfhics

    grapfhics said, almost 6 years ago

    I am sure the man means well but Thomas Bowdler’s versions of Shakespeare are not read today and I expect this new edition of Huckleberry Finn will meet the same fate. It’s the electronic books that we all should be worried about.

  7. cdward

    cdward said, almost 6 years ago

    Not to be the fly in the ointment, but this is all a tempest in a teapot.

    First, yes, I do prefer the original of any work, and I believe Huckleberry Finn is a classic that is best read as written.

    BUT, changing public domain texts for specific purposes is remarkably common. The bible? OMG! That is one of the most re-written publications going. It’s re-written for little children, for teens for fundamentalists, for deists. Thomas Jefferson did his own version because he didn’t like the current one of the day. So that’s a bad example.

    Even so, there are countless other examples of the work being altered to fit the market. This is neither the first nor the most extreme case. I tend to think the guy got fed up with book banners wanting to get rid of Huck Finn because of its content. I think he’s calling their bluff - removing the supposed offensive words forces them to face what really offends them. I bet the guy wouldn’t be upset if everyone quit reading his version in favor of the original again.

  8. Samskara

    Samskara said, almost 6 years ago

    The [principle of opposing censorship is reasonable, but there is some justification for this expurgation. We reasonably restrict some products to people who have reached an age of presumed maturity: alcohol, driver’s licenses, In some cases, words can cause considerable pain, and letting immature people, whether by age of simple immaturity (see Dr. Laura Schlesinger who exercised her First Amendment Rights by repeating the N-word 11 times on her ratio show) use them is damaging. While age is no assurance of maturity, it does narrow the field a lot.

    We typically teach subjects in a layered form – simplified at first, then in more detail. Huck Finn is deep and rich enough so that, while censorship does take something out of it, there’s a lot left for a preliminary reading, and we can come back to it when we’re ready.

  9. Orgelspieler

    Orgelspieler said, almost 6 years ago

    Samskara, I don’t buy it. If MY ditzy, middle-class, repressed American parents could explain about the N-word and other things I read from original versions as a child and pre-teen, then ANY parents or teachers should be able to do so.

  10. herdleader1953

    herdleader1953 said, almost 6 years ago

    The N-word is presumably offensive to those of African descent and yet it is used all the time by the black community. Did they learn the word from reading Mark Twain?

  11. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 6 years ago

    cdward, they’re in it for the money. The publisher hopes to get the book into schools that would otherwise censor it. The fact that they are undermining the intent of the book is evidently irrelevant to them. The whole point of using that word over and over again (216 times – by an author who was obsessive about word choice) is to show how human beings were treated as nonhuman, assigning them a name that justified their maltreatment.
    Also, there’s a hint to my mind of “neatening up” history here. “Slave” (the word they used) is not the same thing. Everyone knows that we no longer have slaves in the US. But people – white people – still use the N-word, and in exactly the same sense that Twain had people using it. (Whether black people are reclaiming it is irrelevant. Who uses a word, in what context, is as important as the word.) Fundamentally, they are bowdlerizing this work for the cash.

  12. Jaybird43

    Jaybird43 said, almost 6 years ago

    Good one–but the line about the weather comes from Mark Twain’s neighbor and collaborator on “The Gilded Age,” Charles Dudley Warner. But I wouldn’t expect a mere queen to know that… :)

  13. kfaatz925

    kfaatz925 said, almost 6 years ago

    I’m afraid I’ve nothing to contribute to the debate (brain cells not functioning today.) With that said - get ‘em, Sam!

    p.s. Great arc, Pab. Love it!

  14. freeholder1

    freeholder1 said, almost 6 years ago

    Asimov already pretty much did it with his Bible Commentary. A real hoot for a believer who has a sense of humor and sorrow for Ike’s passing without salvation.

  15. freeholder1

    freeholder1 said, almost 6 years ago

    Mark repented at the end of his life. How much is the only thing open to conjecture.

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