Hipster Huckleberry Finn Solves Censorship Debate By Replacing "N-Word" With "H-Word"

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Richard Grayson, a Brooklyn writer and editor, has gone above and beyond angry or satirical tweets in response to Publishers Weekly's announcement that they would release version of Huckleberry Finn (and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) without the word "nigger." He's released a whole new version of the book, entitled The Hipster Huckleberry Finn, which replaces every instance of the offending word with "hipster." Seriously.

The whole thing is available for purchase for $18.99, but you can also download a PDF version for free.

It ends up looking like this:

It was 'lection day, and I was just about to go and vote myself if I warn't too drunk to get there; but when they told me there was a State in this country where they'd let that hipster vote, I drawed out. I says I'll never vote agin. Them's the very words I said; they all heard me; and the country may rot for all me--I'll never vote agin as long as I live. And to see the cool way of that hipster--why, he wouldn't a give me the road if I hadn't shoved him out o' the way. I says to the people, why ain't this hipster put up at auction and sold?--that's what I want to know. And what do you reckon they said? Why, they said he couldn't be sold till he'd been in the State six months, and he hadn't been there that long yet. There, now--that's a specimen. They call that a govment that can't sell a free hipster till he's been in the State six months. Here's a govment that calls itself a govment, and lets on to be a govment, and thinks it is a govment, and yet's got to set stock-still for six whole months before it can take a hold of a prowling, thieving, infernal, white-shirted free hipster, and--"

"People have talked about the sanctimoniousness of what this new edition is doing, and I just think it's funny to take it further," Grayson tells Gothamist before going on to namedrop n+1, whose What Was the Hipster? hoped to end the h-word once and for all.

But wherever you fall on the censorship issue, the real hero here is Find and Replace.



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Joe
Joe

, the part about being auctioned and sold made me laugh, this would be way too funny to take seriously

Jeffrymisner
Jeffrymisner

'Hmm. Seems to me as though the dilemas of this exostential conflict represent serious, implications for our society as a whole. We desparately try to shield our pathetically weak minds from things that ignorant people deem offensive to the masses. Tell me, is it better to limit the expansion of your knowledge and consiousness all to save yourself from yourself. This is just a clear demonstration of the fact that people live thier lives searching for something to be offended by, in the meantime they fail to fulfill thier actual life's potential and instead waste it on the pursuit of ignorance. Seriously Mark Twain wrote that book in the vernacular of the time period so way is it that people try to cover up what the country was at that time dont ignore the facts else you just might forget what mistakes were made in the past, that's the unfortunate reality. By the way I'm 17 years old.

Wastrel Way
Wastrel Way

The Bowdlerized version vomited forth by NewSouth Books deserves no better.

Duncan
Duncan

"in response to Publishers Weekly's announcement that they would release version of Huckleberry Finn ..."

Publishers Weekly is going to release (a new version) of Huckleberry Finn? Wow. I thought the edition that was getting everybody's pants in a bunch was to be published by NewSouth Press. Or is "they" supposed to mean, "You know... them, the International Space Jews in the pay of the Rockefellers who are behind every remake of my most cherished movies, tv shows, and childhood toys"?

Reader11722
Reader11722

This is all about limiting Free Speech. After all, censorship is everywhere. The gov’t (and their big business cronies) censor free speech, shut down dissent and ban the book “America Deceived II”. Free speech for all.Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:http://www.iuniverse.com/Books...

rsietsema
rsietsema

A hipster auction! From your lips to God's (oops! I mean Buddha's) ears.

UseEnglishProperly
UseEnglishProperly

First of all, this is ridden with spelling and grammatical errors. Not only that, but it is clearly intended to impress an older audience. Sadly, it falls short. Kid, throwing around words like "existential" where they don't belong doesn't make you sound intelligent; it makes you sound like an idiot trying to be impressive. Out of four commas, one is correct; one is in the right place, but the sentence is too poorly constructed to call it "correct"; four are missing (one of those could be a semicolon, as well); and one needs to become a semicolon or simply acquire an "and" afterwards. There is a sentence running a marathon. Several apostrophes are missing from conjunctions. Entire words are fouled up ("way" does not equal "why"). Two sentences that are clearly questions lack question marks (and the first one makes no sense in the first place, proposing a choice and then having only a single clause ending it). The last sentence reveals a high level of arrogance and ignorance. You don't sound older than you are; in fact, you sound much younger than you claim to be, and your exit makes you sound like a snot-nosed brat, to boot.

Vancha_v
Vancha_v

you spelled existential wrong

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