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Pylon by William Faulkner
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Aug 28, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction

Oh, Faulkner was not afraid to churn out pulp when he could only rub pennies together. I don't think he was shameless, I think he had pretty good take on the publishing biz and the worthiness of critical distinctions between literature and mere hackery. And, I believe, he was cynical enough to on occasion calculate and deploy Elevated Prose when angling for a particular kind of critical acclaim. The kind that wins Nobels.

The only elevation here is towards hysteria. "Mass Market Paperback" is Pylon exactly. The book is kind of awful, but we've got Faulkner here slinging hash here so it's a weirdly fascinating awful. If you've read a lot of Faulkner, check it out; in places it reads like somebody's exaggerated parody of his writing style.
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