Come ye tourists and travel writers!
Before kicking the bucket in 1910, Missouri's own literary sage Mark Twain
expressed the wish that his autobiography not be be published for 100 years hence
Now the time has come, and it's due out in November
. Which means ramped up tourism for Hannibal this summer, spurred along by the travel sections of East and West Coast newspapers that are powerless to resist a good centennial.
The LA Times
for example, has run two different stories on Hannibal this month. (One came out a couple weeks ago in their special summer travel issue
, and another ran yesterday
For Missourians who've long since visited Twain's boyhood home,
there's not much to learn in these articles, except perhaps the term
"Twainiacs," which refers to rabid devotees of the great man of letters,
and not, as urbandictionary.com
suggests, fans of Shania Twain
. Although there might be some