The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, A Norton Critical Edition

One of the things I truly love about William Faulkner is the layering of symbolism, which makes literary interpretation so interesting! I am studying William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury this semester. I really love the way the characters of Benjy, Quentin, and Jason share brotherly similarities while being so utterly different. All three are trapped within the Compson mentality of rigid structure; all three cannot adapt to the changing South.

Today as much as anytime before, we are faced with the challenges of adaptation with digital literacies. Refusing to embrace technology, we would be no better than Benjy trapped in the Compson world. Instead, we must look to the future that Faulkner so carefully denies his characters, to see new visions for writing and teaching that encourage intellectual exchange, community, and collaboration.

The Delicacy and Strength of Lace

The Delicacy and Strength of Lace
Letters between Leslie Marmon Silko and James Arlington Wright

This past summer I had the honor to read this book of letters between two phenomenal writers: Leslie Marmon Silko and James Arlington Wright. The book really touched me and reminded me how human connections can be so powerful and life-affirming. Leslie Marmon Silko is one of my favorite Native American writers. James Arlington Wright is a famous poet. In one of Silko’s letters, she describes her rooster, which is pictured on the cover of the book. Here is one of my favorite roosters, my husband dubbed “Reggie”.

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Alas, like Silko’s rooster, Reggie was not to survive long. Fiesty and defensive of his hens, he is remembered in our family stories, too.