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William Faulkner

Hollywood of Faulkner

OXFORD TOWN– Sunday kicks off the annual Faulkner conference and this year focuses on my favorite topic: film. Producer Lee Caplin, whom I wrote about in October when he attended the Oxford Film Festival’s “Intruder in the Dust,” 60th anniversary screening, returns on Sunday to talk producing Faulkner movies. (July 15, 2010, Page 11)

Faulkner’s life-long hunting companion: Sheriff Ike Roberts

With the upcoming Faulkner Conference later in July, columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield will focus on the local people and stories that Faulkner befriended. (July 9, 2010, Page 3B)

Lohan is an island: Sound and fury in L.A.

LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – This week, Dees gets thrown in the drunk tank in L.A. How he got there and what led to his arrest aren’t important. What’s important is the fact that he’s sharing a cell with Lindsay Lohan (a huge William Faulkner fan) and the embattled CEO of British Petroleum, Tony Hayward. Read about this unlikely trio and what may be the strangest and funniest conversation ever in this week’s issue of Oxford Town. (July 8, 2010, Page 6)

Stark Young: Oxford’s other early well-known author

In the fall of 1907, when the University of Texas lured Stark Young away from Oxford, William Faulkner had not risen to fame as Oxford’s well-known author of the first half of the 20th century. Neither had Young been recognized as an author, playwright or drama critic.
Their time was yet to come. (June 18, 2010, Page 3B)

Faulkner items to be auctioned

A rare auction of William Faulkner’s works on June 22 at Christie’s, the fine arts auction house in New York, will offer a large collection of the Nobel-prize winning author’s books and manuscripts. (June 14, 2010, Page 3)

Oxford-Lafayette County Jail – another lost building

Last week a decision was made by the Oxford Square Historic Preservation Committee to allow an 1895 building to be removed from 1006 Jefferson Ave. Hitsorian Jack Mayfield writes about another building in the district that was lost to the community — Oxford-Lafayette County Jail. (May 21, 2010, Page 3B)

Healthy meals, Rowan Oak gardens projects underway

Members of the 2010 Leadership Lafayette Class are working on three different projects designed to improve the community. One group wants to help provide children from low-income families with easy-to-prepare meals they can make themselves while at home on the weekends. Another group is working on renovating some of the gardens at Rowan Oak, and the third group is working with local restaurants to promote some of the healthier meals available at these businesses. (May 21, 2010, Page 1A)

Spring Fed; Groundskeeper of Dreams

LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – As we gather this weekend for baseball and boogie, a brief reflection on north Mississippi, this area, our dirt, this grass, our small postage stamp of native soul, is in order. In time-honored fashion, Dees’ neighbor, Smoke, went to Wal-Mart this week and bought a $150 mower and he’ll push it within an inch of its 3rd World/child labor/sweat shop/life. Check out Oxford Town this week for Jim Dees’ usual shenanigans as spring rolls in. (April 22, 2010, Page 9)

Taking care of cemetery guests

A CONVERSATION WITH – Willie Dennis has been taking care of Oxford Memorial Cemetery for 20 years. The job includes keeping the cemetery mowed, groomed and litter-free — and giving grieving families plenty of space and peace while the day’s work goes on. (April 1, 2010, Page 3)

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