Sep. 25, 1997
Today's Reading: "Growing Old" by Mathew Arnold.
The Ohio Pumpkin Festival opens today in Barnesville, Ohio.
The Preston Country Buckwheat Festival begins today in Kingwood, West Virginia.
In Richmond, Virginia, the State Fair on Strawberry Hill gets underway.
The three-day William Faulkner Centennial begins today in New Albany, Mississippi.
William Faulkner, author of THE SOUND AND THE FURY, AS I LAY DYING and LIGHT IN AUGUST, was born in New Albany, Mississippi, in 1897. From his Nobel Prize acceptance speech [December 10, 1950]: "The writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed--love and honor and pity and compassion and sacrifice." From a 1956 interview: "The writer‚s only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. It anguishes him so much he must get rid of it. He has no peace until then. Everything goes by the board; honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the őOde on a Grecian Urn‚ is worth any number of old ladies."
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