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n this second installment of Mark and Me, Leigh explores "a particular brand of loophole-wriggling American ingenuity" that Mark Twain personifies in his writing.  It doesn't matter whether you are talking about the words of Tom, Huck, or even Twain himself in his travel diaries. There is something we all admire about a good ole trickster. But when does pulling someone's leg go from being cute to just plain cruel. Mark Twain certainly pushed the limits. Leigh introspects, "Should I feel guilty about stealing my history teacher's treasured stuffed Loch Ness monster doll named Shougal MacDougal?" Perhaps we'll scratch more than the surface of Leigh's guilty admiration of rascality in Out of Depth.

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