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2013-05-14 11:12:39 AM  
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2013-05-14 01:43:03 PM  
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simplicimus: palelizard: By definition, it is impossible to ruin a Faulkner novel, as they were ruined when written.

Nailed it.

10pts.  Expect lots of troll chow.

Faulkner isn't for everyone.  It takes a level of involvement that is often beyond the ability of most readers, who would be better off sticking with the classics, like Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries.  But if you have the mental capacity to understand not only the words on the page but the time and place that is being described, Faulkner can be amazingly rewarding.  I'm not knocking the written word as pure entertainment (I have a library with thousands of pulp sci-fi paperbacks, some of the worst- and most entertaining- writing known to mankind).  I'm just saying that entertainment is only one aspect of the written word.

Reading Faulkner requires an investment of your time, attention, research, and most of all your, I don't know what to call it- soul?  Compassion?  Will to understand?  Whatever- you get out of it what you put into it.  I wouldn't recommend a steady diet of Faulkner (or any other deep literature), but for those times when you are willing to put in the work, I guarantee you it will repay your efforts a hundredfold.
2013-05-14 10:57:50 AM  
2 votes:
By definition, it is impossible to ruin a Faulkner novel, as they were ruined when written.
2013-05-14 05:45:58 PM  
1 vote:

Jster422: Cagey B: Pr1nc3ss: Fark off. Some people can dislike an author just because they don't like his writing

They certainly can. It's when you start saying things like "this author sucks at authoring" simply because you don't like them that you start sounding like a semi-literate cretin.

Don't be a tard - any comment on the internet is automatically prefaced with 'In my opinion' - because what follows is by definition the opinion of the poster.

I see you're new to this whole discussion thing. Allow me to clear some things up.

"I don't like William Faulkner" - Completely subjective statement, based on individual opinion. Unarguable statement of preference.

"William Faulkner is a bad writer" - F*ckwitted declaration of ignorance. Dismissed by pretty much anyone familiar with American literature, save some guy at Bumfark Community College who considers poems composed by Koko the Gorilla the highest expression of written narrative.
2013-05-14 11:41:06 AM  
1 vote:
I wouldn't mind this overplayed meme if they at least got it right.

Or is the point that they're intentionally getting it wrong? Like when people act as if it was Anne Frank who was the one who had to hide in the attic for three years.
2013-05-14 11:25:41 AM  
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FTFA: In the meantime, we should thank our lucky stars that the movie isn't just several hours of a tweed-clad James Franco sitting on a stool and reading the book aloud-because that was totally a possibility.

Actually, I'd probably watch this. Sounds more interesting than the actual film.
2013-05-14 11:11:57 AM  
1 vote:

simplicimus: palelizard: By definition, it is impossible to ruin a Faulkner novel, as they were ruined when written.

Nailed it.

Burn the heretics.
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