Monday, January 17, 2011
Removing the N-word from Huck Finn
Katie Davis has just hosted one of the most important interviews she's ever done at Brain Burps About Books. She talks to Dr. Alan Gribben, the author of the newly revised Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn edition (from NewSouth Books), in which he changed the N-word to "slave" throughout the text.
There has been a ton of debate on this topic ever since the news broke. The initial reaction being 'it's wrong' until one learns that one word has kept the books from being taught in our public schools. Millions of kids now have no idea who Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn even are.
However you feel about the issue, Katie's interview is the best, most well-rounded discussion yet. Click the logo to go have a listen.
Although nowhere near as riveting, I was also a guest on Katie's show back in November. You can learn more about it here.