(Yes, that ol’ chestnut again …)
William Faulkner is the latest pick for Oprah’s Book Club — and not just one, but three books: As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury and A Light in August. A veritable Faulkner-palooza. But wait — there’s more! As a part of her Very Faulkner Summer, Oprah’s launching a cornucopia of lessons and information — including lectures on Faulkner and Q&A sessions with professors.
Oh, that Oprah — what a scamp! Having the audacity to ratchet up her influence to get people into Faulkner! Can you imagine?
I wonder if she knows that Faulkner once painted a friend’s penis green?
So what do you think about all this Faulkner-mania? About Oprah and her book club? Or maybe you have a favorite Faulkner work … whatever the case, check in here with your thoughts and theories. (For another perspective, you may also want to check out this recent opinion piece from the folks at Bookninja.) Whatever you think about Oprah, the commercialization of literature or Faulkner (and his penis-painting ways) — this is a pretty big undertaking for “O” and it should be interesting to see how it goes.