This Time, Rumors of Demise May Be True


It was here in the third-floor billiard room where America’s greatest humorist used to hole up when the bustle of his house, and the nursery one flight below, became too great, leaving strict orders not to be disturbed.

Seated at a desk tucked behind the billiards table, he wrote and rewrote in longhand such masterpieces as “Huckleberry Finn,” often beseeching his editors to stop cleaning up his language and restore the earthier vernacular he preferred.

But now the fanciful, three-story confection that was built by Mark Twain in 1874 at the height of his success may be forced to close because it is running out of money.

Full story in the New York Times.


From the article:

Expecting the director of development or director of marketing to rescue the cash-starved place is of no use: these positions were eliminated several chapters ago in earlier austerity moves.


Get rid of the position that can make sure you have the funds you need to survive. Brilliant.

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