Tag Archives: William Faulkner

Southern Crime Fiction Panel Discussion – Bouchercon 2018

8 September 2018, at Bouchercon in St. Petersburg, Florida. 3PM Avery-Chancellor Room at The Vinoy Renaissance Hotel. Recorded by Patrick von Wiegandt and Transcribed by Gabriel Valjan. Any errors are my own. Participants, Left to Right: S.A. Cosby, Alex Segura, … Continue reading

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Sugar and Sweat

Like any writer, I seek to improve my skills. Most days I’ll return to the imaginarium to watch how other authors have whetted the nib, so I can improve the down strokes on my keyboard, but some days I’ll read … Continue reading

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Hush now…It is in the doing

It is Black History Month. As counter-intuitive as it may sound, William Faulkner is unavoidable in taking the measure of American black life. The assertion needs bearing out. Reading Faulkner is to experience many things: difficulty, especially when he writes … Continue reading

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Why There Is No Great American Novel

As Black History Month approaches, I’d like to ask you to look at literary history and ask, ‘Why is there no great American novel?’ I understand that many readers will scan their shelves and rush to the contrary that there … Continue reading

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The things that scare us

Readers remember those moments in their reading adventures when they discovered foreshadowing and understood it in perhaps, The Scarlet Letter, or understood symbolism in, perhaps, Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat,” or felt that they were in on the satire of … Continue reading

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We are born to words

You get born and you try this and you don’t know why only you keep trying and you are born at the same time with a lot of other people, all mixed up with them, like trying to, having to, … Continue reading

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