Sometimes we bypass the classic novels on the way to the rich offering of current literary fiction. Fair enough; there is so much to love in today’s fiction. But once in a while, dust off a classic gem and consider the language, the depth, the metaphorical heft these books carry—along with being engrossing, powerful reads....more
Posts Tagged: Faulkner
Over at The Toast, Rebecca Turkewitz writes about the intersections between literary geography and the real, from Joyce’s Dublin and Tolkien’s Middle Europe to Faulkner’s Mississippi and Munro’s Ontario—how we explore these places by walking through pages, and how they map to our homes and street corners....more
If it seems that “lost” books, short stories, and everything else are coming out of the woodwork, well, they are. The Strand magazine has just published Twixt Cup and Lip, an early play by William Faulkner written in the 1920s:
The Strand describes the play as “a light-hearted jazz age story.” Prohibition is under way, and the friends are enjoying an illicit drink.
Richard Grant discusses how his time living in Mississippi provided him with a more full understanding of William Faulkner’s language. Despite studying Faulkner at school in England, Grant felt that it wasn’t until he moved that he was able to totally appreciate Faulkner’s work:
To sit on the old porch reading Mr.
Over at The Nervous Breakdown, Elise Sherman explores her literary roots in a self interview that touches on the South, her neo-Faulknerian tendencies, and the difference between New Orleans and the rest of the world....more
The roguish, hard-drinking novelist is a beloved American archetype, but one the State Department took extra care to control as an international ambassador, according to recently released documents on William Faulkner. Since the author couldn’t be counted on to responsibly manage his own drinking, the US Information Agency put together careful guidelines for a successful trip, including supervision, accommodations, and tricks to keep Faulkner’s attention....more
Reading is solitary and personal, but you aren’t necessarily alone in it. In some ways, we are all reading together; even if we are also reading alone.
I’m not sure whether Lila is a stand-in for Christ, but it is clear to me that Robinson has written a character, a new kind of idiot, who is as impressive as Prince Myshkin from The Idiot or Benjy from The Sound and the Fury.
Fitzgerald was undone by his screenwriting-is-writing mistake. It’s a notion that has its basis in artistic form.
Check out Joseph Entin’s even-handed review of James Franco’s movie adaptation of “As I Lay Dying” at LARB.
Franco has tackled the über-challenging multi-perspective modernist piece where others demurred, and has come away with something worthy of examination, particularly by those already familiar with the original literary work....more
Seth Fried’s debut collection The Great Frustration mixes and matches his gonzo hijinx with a deft emotional darkness....more
When Faulkner addressed English classes at the University of Mississippi in 1947, he offered some interesting advice (there is always time for writing, it’s not good to wait when feeling inspired, the peak age for fiction writing is 35-45, etc.). Supplementing his literary guidance was some personal history and sharp opinions (he wrote Sanctuary because he needed money, prefers Florida to Hollywood, women and rich people have optimal conditions for getting reading done)....more
The Literary Saloon takes on the NYTBR for its lack of reviews of works in translation.
“William Faulkner: Every time a sentence goes on for more than a page, drink the entire bottle....more
Evidently there is some sort of sporting event going on right now. Here are some commemorative stamps.
The prehistoric, possibly dinosaur eating, armored devil toad....more