Who inspired Faulkner? Researchers take a second look

Did a Mississippi plantation diary acquired by J. G. de Roulhac Hamilton for the Southern Historical Collection in 1946 inspire William Faulkner’s depiction of Yoknapatawpha County?

So posits the author of “Ledgers of History: William Faulkner, an Almost Forgotten Friendship, and an Antebellum Plantation Diary,” who spoke at Wilson Library in 2010.

Now, however, Sally Wolff-King’s much-praised book is being labeled a “hoax.” Further literary color — as if it were needed! — is provided by the debunkers’ claims of having been bullied for making their case.

Tip ‘o the Miscellany Mortarboard: Maria Bustillos at The Awl.


Grab a basket and a blanket, it’s National Picnic Day!

The weather is perfect so get out there and celebrate.  Here are a few ideas to stuff those baskets.

Menu for back yard picnic - The Charlotte Cookbook

Back Yard Picnic from The Charlotte cookbook.

Southern Fried Chicken-Just Like Grandma Used to Make

Southern Fried Chicken from Just like Grandma used to make.

picnic pickle - Dixie Dishes - Copy

Picnic Pickle from Dixie dishes.

Scotch eggs for picnic - High Hampton Hospitality

Scotch Eggs from High Hampton hospitality.

A Picnic Loaf-Summer Food

A Picnic Loaf from Summer food.

Deviled eggs - Soup to Nuts

Deviled Eggs from Soup to nuts : a cook book of recipes contributed by housewives and husbands of Alamance County and other sections of state and country.

Chocolate Picnic Cake - Pass the Plate

Chocolate Picnic Cake from Pass the plate : the collection from Christ Church.

Lemonade Deluxe - Cook Book

Lemonade Deluxe from Cook book.