For those of you who are devotees of Garden & Gun, you’ve probably seen this feature in a recent e-mail from the magazine. And for those of you who haven't, I’m going to “borrow” the topic for today’s post.
One of Hubby’s favorite authors is William Faulkner: A great writer and true Southerner. Faulkner is featured in this month’s online edition of G&G because the University of Virginia -- where he was the writer-in-residence for two years -- has a new audio archive of the author reading, lecturing and answering questions. It’s now available online and features 15 years of his work and about 30 hours of audio transferred from open-reel tapes.
I had to include the photo above of W.F. dressed in his fox hunting finery – very Virginia, wouldn’t you agree? The G&G folks were quick to point out that the funning looking object in his left hand is a flask, because, you know, that’s always a good thing to have on hand when riding a horse. He’s joined by Grover Van Devender at the Farmington Hunt Club in Charlottesville, 1960.
Can you imagine being a student of Faulkner's at UVA? If you could take a writing class from any author, living or dead, who would it be? I’ll go first: it’s hard to pick just one, so my choice for below the Mason-Dixon line would be Flannery O’Conner (with Robert Penn Warren a close second); above the line would be Edith Wharton.
Happy Thursday, everyone! One more day and we can then slide into the weekend.
Photo from Garden & Gun, by way of the University of Virginia's Library Archives