Even worse than the good old days

Folks are comparing Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, to Ross Barnett and George Wallace. I’d expect comparisons to Orval Faubus, too, although I haven’t seen those. (Yesterday, Moore entered an order prohibiting the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in Alabama, in defiance of the federal district court ruling holding the prohibition […]

I am considering a new comment rule

Update: I have changed the Commenting Guidelines to reflect (in boldface) the changes I am considering. Let me know what you think about the changes (as opposed to what you think about other folks making comments) in comments; I’ve about decided to do this unless there is a reasoned objection.

Before I state the rule, […]

Notes on Re-Reading: “That Evening Sun” and The Sound and the Fury

“Jason!” mother ssaid. She was speaking to father. You could tell that by the way she said the name. Like she believed that all day father had been trying to think of doing the thing she wouldn’t like the most, and that she knew all the time that after a while he would think of […]

Notes on Re-Reading: Dam and Damn in Noel Polk’s rewriting of The Sound and the Fury

I’ve been looking at the Norton Critical Edition of The Sound and the Fury today. It uses the Noel Polk “corrected” text. Laying aside other qualms, one thing I’ve tripped over, repeatedly, is that the Polk version of Faulkner consistently spells damn without the final n (Jason damns a lot of things), while the first […]

Notes On Re-reading: Self-Assessment Department

It is not a book I enjoy re-reading but there are one or two funny scenes which redeem it from banality.

-Evelyn Waugh, from his 1964 preface to a reprint of his 1930 novel Vile Bodies. They did not pull this quote to use as a blurb.

January 2015 reading list

The Sound and the Fury

I’ve posted a number of thoughts about rereading this one. It’s been about 12 years since I last read it, and I think this was the 6th or 7th time through. Each time I see new things in the book; this time it was a more complete […]