Traveling with Twain

In Search of America's Identity

Gender Identity

If Mark Twain were alive today he undoubtedly would have something provocative and perhaps profound to stay about a contemporary Other much in the news–people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. He once wrote: “I can stand any society. All I care to know is that a man is a human being–that is enough for me; he can’t be any worse.” The project focuses on interviewing Americans about their attitudes toward “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” single-sex marriages and other issues involving sexual orientation.

Posts in Gender Identity

‘Who Is The Other?’ Interviews at the Yale School of Drama

What makes a woman The Other? Race? Ethnicity? Sexual orientation? Skin color? Wanting a family, not a career, first? Or does a woman become The Other by just being a woman, not a man? I’m asking … Read more >>

Craig Hotchkiss describes Twain’s experiences with race, sexuality and imperialism

Craig Hotchkiss is the Education Program Manager at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Conn. In this video, Hotchkiss addresses some of the topics we’ve been dealing with, including race and sexual orientation, as … Read more >>

Women of Yale Drama talk race, loss, money and being caught in the middle

You’ve probably noticed that this video is six minutes long. So far, I’ve been making an effort to keep the videos I upload brief, sometimes (read: most times) under a minute. That’s, of course, a response … Read more >>

Journalism professor Ed Alwood questions current gay rights movement: ‘We come across as clowns’

The Saturday morning we went to see journalism professor Ed Alwood at Quinnipiac University, it happened to be parents’ weekend and the campus was abuzz with activity—music playing, lots of hand-drawn cardboard signs, mothers and fathers … Read more >>

Gay writer and physician Larry Mass on the pains of assimilation

Larry Mass invited us to his Manhattan apartment to discuss the sense of wistfulness that the gay community feels as it becomes more and more assimilated in society. Mass, co-founder of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, … Read more >>