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: Decoding the April 7th section of The Sound and the Fury

The final events of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury take place over Easter weekend of 1928. The first section, “April Seventh, 1928,” is from Benjy Compson’s point of view and takes place on Saturday, although with Benjy free-associating across time from the 1890s to 1928. The last two sections, April 6th and April […]

Notes on re-reading: “all time and injustice and sorrow become vocal for an instant…”

Then Ben wailed again, hopeless and prolonged. It was nothing. Just sound. It might have been all time and injustice and sorrow become vocal for an instant by a conjunction of planets.

Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

Notes on re-reading: Blue jays go to Hell on Fridays and The Sound and the Fury

One of the Southern sayings of my childhood was that “blue jays go to Hell on Fridays” (my father’s punch-line was to always, having raised this on any day but Friday, ask if any listener could specifically recall seeing a bluejay on Friday). Apparently, the part of the folk-tale I never heard was that they […]

Various Reactions to James Franco’s Adaptation of As I Lay Dying


Darl is clearly a poet and seer of sorts in the book; his monologues are full of rich language, and it becomes clear that he is picking up upon and understanding events that no other character understands.  That’s his role in the book, and, in the end, when he burns down the barn and […]

Albert Murray, who died this week at 97, wrote a poem about William Faulkner

The writer Albert Murray, who went to Tuskegee at the same time as Ralph Ellison, died this week. There’s a nice Slate piece about him, where I learned that Murray wrote a poem about William Faulkner. Worth checking out. There’s also mention of Murray sending a recipe for Dean and Larry Wells’s Great American Writers […]

Bloomberg reports on the decision in Faulkner vs. Woody Allen

The decision was July 18th, so I suppose a notice of appeal would be due today, if there were to be one. Nothing has turned up on the docket as of this writing (2:30 in the afternoon).

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 […]

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.