Literature is Not Dead

First Bulwer-Lytton, and now Faulkner:

Stooges Parody Wins Faulkner Contest
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press Writer

JACKSON, Miss. – Wise guy, eh? Screenwriter David Sheffield won this year’s Faux Faulkner contest by imagining what it would’ve been like if William Faulkner — a Nobel laureate known for thickets of challenging (often parenthetical) prose — had written for the Three Stooges.

Sheffield’s 550-word script “As I Lay Kvetching” has Moe, Larry and Curly — “slack-jawed and splayfooted” — renovating a home, with the eye-gouging, nose-twisting slapstick guided by plenty of Faulknerian stage directions:

“At last it is Curly who picks up the plank, rough hewn and smelling of sweet gum, and — feeling the weight and heft and fiber of it — swings it innocently (bending to retrieve the tool, the ball-peen hammer dropped casually on Larry’s toe) and feeling the awful force of the blow as it (the plank) catches Moe upside his head…”

The 56-year-old Sheffield, best known as a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and a string of Eddie Murphy movies, returns to his native Mississippi this weekend to perform his script at the 31st Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha conference in Oxford.

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