Sometimes, guest columnist J.W. “Jay” Mitchell, writes, it takes a little longer for you to appreciate those you see every day. That was the case for William Faulkner, who Mitchell saw while growing up in Oxford. Mitchell writes how years later he discovered the genius of the man he had little good to say about decades earlier. (January 23, 2012, Page 4A)
Anniversaries come and go, and are often forgotten or ignored. In 2012, there are a number of anniversaries to be celebrated locally, statewide, nationwide and around the world, including two big events right here in the L-O-U community. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at those events – the death of William Faulkner and the integration of the University of Mississippi – and how they affected the community and its view from others. (January 19, 2012, Page 4)
Oxford literary great William Faulkner’s work may no longer lay dying on the shelves.
Select Faulkner novels and short stories are just a couple years away from making it to the big screen, as a new, first-look option with producer David Milch was announced Wednesday.
The result of two years of discussion after the Faulkner Conference in 2010 led to the partnership with Milch and the Faulkner Literary Estate. (December 1, 2011, Page 1)
OXFORD TOWN – An Oxford icon, Dean Faulkner Wells, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, just months after her memoir “Every Day By The Sun” published and was featured on the cover of Oxford Town. OT columnist and long time friend of the Wells family, Jim Dees, has gathered photos and passages from interviews and the late author’s’ book to pay tribute to one of Oxford’s favorite daughters who is already greatly missed. Check out the moving tribute on Page 5 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town. (July 28, 2011, Page 5)
Could William Faulkner and his writing be the anti-tweet? That’s quite likely, but it doesn’t mean that Faulkner’s not moving up in this age of electronic communication. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a closer look at Mr. Bill and some of his work as Oxford gets set to host this year’s Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference. (July 8, 2011, Page 4A)
Oxford is known for being the home to Ole Miss, the home of many writers and the home of Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner. Dean Faulkner Wells, niece of William Faulkner, has written a book that takes a closer look at her uncle, the Faulkner family and the community here where she grew up and lives today, and Editor Don Whitten takes an inside look at Dean Wells and that book, “Every Day by the Sun,” which is being released this month. (March 16, 2011, Page 4)
Sometimes we need an outsider, a visitor to our community, to remind us how special it is. Loran Smith, who’s held a number of positions at the University of Georgia during a career thats earned him a spot in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, gives us one of those reminders in a guest column he wrote after another delightful visit recently. (February 4, 2011, Page 4A)
Raychel Furr Bartek wrote to give background on the two houses owned by St. John’s Catholic Church that have been in the news lately in reference to a decision about their future. Bartek wrote about her grandparents who owned the properties and how her grandfather was a good friend of William Faulkner and the basis for a recurring character in Faulkner’s work. (August 23, 2010, Page 4A)
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)
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)