Adam Gopnik on Mark Twain

Salter F-86

James Salter in Korea next to an F-86

Twain was happier than he would ever be again–vigilantly absorbed in a visibly meaningful task, doing something that matters and that everyone can see matters. Every writer should be lucky enough to have a time this good to count on and draw on, and know that it will remain the best circumstance for his sentences.

–Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker, 29 November 2010 regarding Twain’s time as a riverboat captain on the Mississippi.


About Eric Chandler

Husband. Father. Pilot. Cross Country Skier. Writer. Author of Outside Duluth and Down In It.
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