Literary frontier jails– B. Traven and William Faulkner

Ben’s remark about Requiem for a Nun drove home for me how strong the similarities are between the description of the frontier jail in Jefferson is to the jail B. Traven describes in the first of his Jungle Novels, Government.

You may be somewhat familiar with Traven from his novel Treasure of the Sierra Madre […]


How Separate But Equal Worked– Some photos from Holly Springs

Ten years or so ago, someone at the Holly Springs school was cleaning a store-room and discovered a display of photographs of the schools in the system in October of 1955. These pictures now hang in the front part of the central offices of the school district.

That was five months after Brown II, the […]

The Wall Street Journal on “Faulkner for Sale”

Update: Have made direct links to the story (without a paywall barrier)

The Friday Wall Street Journal devoted almost two full pages, beginning on the front of the Arena section, to a story headlined “Faulkner for Sale,” about the efforts by Lee Caplin as agent for the estate to market […]

Acqusitions: Chris Offutt and friend

Wandering through the Delta



Depicted above: John Hurt’s grave on the Choctaw Ridge near Avalon, Mississippi; the Shamoun’s family restaurant in Clarksdale, the Resthaven; the Riverside Hotel, a blues landmark in Clarksdale, where Bessie Smith died, and any blues or gospel singer you know who passed through Clarksdale from 1940 […]

Well, imagine that.

Depicted above: A Japanese hovercraft making an amphibious landing of infantry near San Diego, California, training with U.S. Marines. More here. H/t Lawyers Guns and Money.


Watch Dean Faulkner Wells on MPB tomorrow at 8:30

I will let her husband Larry tell the basics, but I want to emphasize how fine this interview is. If you have any interest in Faulkner, literature, or local history… actually, its just a great interview. Highly recommend. Here is the deal–

Watch Mississippi Public Broadcasting tomorrow night (Thurs 8:30 pm) for “Homage to Dean […]

On Jackson Avenue

Parked on Jackson Avenue by the Eagle office, across from the Federal Court. Maybe they drove up from Vicksburg for the Faulkner conference.

Alternate title: the past’s fiction is not made up, it’s driving around in Jefferson.

Wednesday Morning Various

They have found the ruins of a 16th Century Spanish fort in Western North Carolina, almost to the Smokies. What’s a pilcrow?  Now you have a word for it. If you use Facebook, and check messages, have you noticed that greyed out link that says “Other”?  This New York Times blog entry explains that […]