29 July 2013

Faulkner's take,

a drive out to ROWAN OAK with the man, a look around, & a look in on his garden.

"the Past is never Dead.
it's not even Past." William Faulkner

photograph by Marsha Cannon here

BILL'S take on things...

"The reason I don't like interviews is that I seem to react violently to personal questions. If the questions are about the work, I try to answer them. When they are about me, I may answer or I may not, but even if I do, if the same question is asked tomorrow, the answer may be different." WCF

(this is the 2nd of 5 "1952 Ford Foundation Omnibus" to see a youtube about when "Bill" won the Nobel Prize)

A Walk Around
blogger Marsha Cannon of On Pinehurst Place takes a walk around the place, go along with her here

photograph by Marsha Cannon

"By temperament I'm a vagabond and a tramp. I don't want money badly enough to work for it. In my opinion it's a shame that there is so much work in the world. One of the saddest things is that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work." WCF

when it gets down to writing 
  it was done on an Underwood Universal Portable typewriter by a window at Rowan Oak. 

"Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error. The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him." William Faulkner,from The Paris Review 1956

"How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.” William Faulkner


  1. Replies
    1. Victoria, thank you. I am a poor co-respondent- hope all is well.thank you for your loyalty in continuing to read! pgt

  2. Hi Gaye,
    Thanks so much for this post. I have been a huge Faulkner fan since high school, and I went to undergrad at Ole Miss and spent many happy afternoons at Rowan Oak. It's a beautiful place!

    Thanks again,

    1. JNoPie. Me too- I would love to do a pilgrimage to Rowan Oak and Eudora Welty's home. It is on the LIST. pgt

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  4. Thank you Gaye for this beautiful post on Faulkner! I only wish it was longer! And I absolutely agree that "the Past is never Dead. it's not even Past." And how elegant is Faulkner in his tattered jacket?!

    1. I am so glad you like this one. I am a Faulkner fan as you can guess. I too find that quote to be truer than true. That jacket-Faulkner as a style icon? I think so.pgt



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