Happy Birthday, William Faulkner, and Thanks for the Advice

William Faulkner was born 115 years ago today, and while he didn’t make it to the big 1-1-5, he left behind enough work and wisdom to keep our brains busy for at least that long. So what’s the first step to living a full and satisfying life?

“Read, read, read. Read everything —trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” – Statement at the University of Mississippi, 1947

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