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All hail robotic Huck Finn!

Finally-a perfect use for text-to-speech! The ambitious goal of performing a find-and-replace of “robot” for “n-word” in Mark Twain’s classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to placate those uncomfortable with teaching historical context is the lofty ambition of comedians Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine. Watch the hilarious video for more, including the heart-tugging emotionless translation of Huck’s speech from southern dialect to robot rhythm. And after Watson’s win on Jeopardy, we may all need to start speaking robot soon. I, for one, welcome our robotic overlords!

Watch Robot Huck Finn here

Thanks, snd, for the link!

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Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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