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JOSH MABUS: Make it in Mississippi

Mississippi has a storied history when it comes to making something new, creative and world renowned. I’m always talking about how innovative Mississippians are, especially when traveling out of state. I think there is just something in the water here. Or maybe like William Faulkner said, it’s because, “to understand the world you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” ...

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DAVID DALLAS: The Bible belongs to Mississippi

Mark Twain once remarked that if Jesus were to come back the last thing he would be is a Christian. No doubt, Twain was commenting on the hypocrisy he saw in the Christian community of his time. If only Twain were alive today. He would surely relish in the joyful, loving and Christ-like behavior of Mississippians, particularly those we elect ...

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BOOK BIZ: Lisa Howorth's first novel opens old family secrets

In the spirit of supporting Mississippi writers and Mississippi independent bookstores, we’re doing both this week by shining the spotlight on Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth, co-owner of Square Books in Oxford. It’s her first novel and is receiving high praise from reviewers across the country. Although not a native Mississippian, Howorth moved to Oxford in the early 1970s because ...

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Faulkner heirs' lawsuit against Sony dismissed

OXFORD — A federal judge in Mississippi has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris” improperly used one of William Faulkner’s most famous lines. Faulkner Literary Rights, LLC sued Sony Pictures Classics Inc. in October in U.S. District Court in Oxford Faulkner’s hometown. The lawsuit said a character in the movie took a line from ...

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James Franco discusses "As I Lay Dying" at Cannes festival premier

In a special video interview this week with The Hollywood Reporter, actor James Franco discusses his upcoming film “As I Lay Dying” in conjunction with its world premier at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie, based on William Faulkner’s dark Southern Gothic novel, was filmed on location in Mississippi. “I first read it when I was fifteen and it was a book ...

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Country Squire builds legacy as state's oldest tobacconist

Tobacco is as much a part of the Old South as bourbon and blueticks. There’s a light-hearted exchange on the leaf’s virtue in the 2003 Civil War movie “Gods and Generals.” “Colonel Stuart, do you use tobacco?” Confederate general Stonewall Jackson asks a junior officer. “No sir, not in any form,” answers Stuart. “Neither do it,” Jackson replies dryly, “I ...

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Literary bar opens in New Orleans French Quarter

Listen up book lovers who like to visit New Orleans. Here’s an idea whose time has come. This city of notable bars now has one for readers and it pays homage to literary tradition and history. It’s Backspace Bar & Kitchen, which opened Nov. 9, and is located at 139 Chartres in the French Quarter at the former site of ...

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Reed brings to life the French Quarter during Faulkner's residency

There are a wealth of books written about New Orleans and/or set in that quirky, historical city that hugs the Mississippi River. Even with a plethora of Crescent City literature, it’s doubtful we’ll run out of material for books any time soon. It’s a unique place among American cities and the interesting stories are certain to continue. One of the ...

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Is there any problem a book can't solve?

There are times when a book is worth struggling through 50 pages or more to make us want to finish it. However, – like many readers – I prefer that a book grabs me from page one and will not let me go. The latter is the most welcome case with “The Weird Sisters” by Eleanor Brown. The first sentence ...

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