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JACK WEATHERLY: Faulkner the consumer deals with bills


It’s foolhardy to write about William Faulkner and his intensely scrutinized life in Oxford, but here goes. He valued himself highly long before the town, much less the world, caught on. Faulkner strutted around Oxford like a bantam rooster with his beak in the air. In those days, some people called him Count No-Account. But eventually he did establish accounts, ...

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Neilson’s ready to kick off next era as it marks 175 years


By JACK WEATHERLY  Neilson’s Department Store in Oxford was founded nine years before Ole Miss and 30 years before collegiate football – and, the retailer claims, before any other department store in the South. It has been in operation since 1839, save for a few years during the Civil War after U.S. Grant burned it and the rest of the ...

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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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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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