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Forever the Twain Shall Meet

How about a Throwback Thursday from the 19th century?

Literary icon Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835.

For a blog that emphasizes writing with creative twists on a myriad of events, celebrating the birth of famed author Mark Twain is a must. Actually, it’s more of an act of gratitude to the man who effectively planted the idea in our impressionable minds as young whippersnappers that this thing in school called “literature” expanded beyond the witty and signature verbiage of William Shakespeare (c’mon, we all struggled in memorizing and understanding Shakespeare in sixth-grade) to a more conversational language of rambunctious kids causing trouble and going off on exciting adventures. We related to these stories as if our own, with a little imagination mixed in for good measure and fun. And while there are countless authors in the world, current, past and surely in the future, there is only a handful in relative terms who have risen above the rest to secure and connect with new generations of readers as the years accumulate far beyond the original publish date of declared classics of the written word.

Mark Twain is regarded as one of these masterful wordsmiths.

Your homework assignment is to read or re-read a book by Mark Twain. This time, from his perspective…

one that profoundly changed the trajectory of American literary history.

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Jimmy and Justin’s Sketch is IN SYNC

What do you call a “Throwback Thursday” from 1993 at a campsite with a (“future,” in quotes) pop superstar, a late night talk show host, a special guest and a sketch comedy aficionado?

Words cannot describe this bromance for the ages. But this popular Tonight Show sketch tries its best.

There’s something really great about sleepaway camp in the summertime when you’re around twelve years old…with a beard. And if you have some spare time, think of a favorite childhood memory and then recall the particular clothing style, lingo and musical hits.

Then write call email text tweet at Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Billy Crystal and Keegan-Michael Key.

Don’t worry if you tweet late at night because, odds are, they’ll be awake.

Seinfeld’s Comedy is Never in the Gutter (Because of Practice)

What’s the difference between the 20th century and the 21st century?

One of the distinctions has been the significant bump in protection. But what kind of protection?

Let’s ask the brilliantly astute Jerry Seinfeld on this “Throwback Thursday” to re-discover a form of parenthood through an unforgiving style of bowling from the past. Plus, Jerry Seinfeld delivers a 100% battery life-rated synopsis of humans and their real relationships with their smartphones.

It’s something great when you can laugh at a joke and react with the expression, “no joke.” The notion of truth in comedy (book title by Charna Halpern) is expertly proven by Jerry Seinfeld in the video clip above, particularly regarding his supreme punchline for the smartphone battery life.

I bet you’re wondering where your charger is right now…

The legendary stand-up comic has a reputation for talking about nothing; turns out he knows a lot about everything.

And that’s the truth.

Das Engine of Life

Star Wars is part of us.

All of us.

On this Throwback Thursday, let’s recall that brilliant TV ad from Volkswagen that perfectly joined the forces of business and imagination.

That cool, original one-minute story conceptualized by the advertising team at Volkswagen achieved something that far exceeded the normal expectations of a TV commercial. And that was suspension of belief with a tether that was surprisingly tied to reality. Above all, the TV ad above showcases the necessity and power of creative storytelling. Telling a story, however seemingly other-worldly is one of the most important things in life and it connects us to each other in profound, sometimes unexpected ways.

Just ask any Star Wars fan (excluding Episodes I-III).