Southern literature scholar Michael Bibler interviews James Franco about his new adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying:
Filmed on location in Faulkner’s northern Mississippi, the film follows the epic journey of the Bundren family as they battle flood, fire, injury, and insanity to bury the mother, Addie, in her hometown of Jefferson. The novel is told in a series of 59 monologues spoken by 19 characters, giving it the feel of both a fragmentary dramatic script and a series of internal meditations, making it exceedingly difficult to translate to other media. As Mr. Franco explains below, bringing the novel to film poses interesting opportunities and challenges for anyone trying to capture and reimagine both the peasant realism and the modernist surrealism of Faulkner’s self-proclaimed tour-de-force. The film has already generated a great deal of buzz and will no doubt be the subject of much discussion, academic and otherwise, in the years to come.
Despite being the smallest bird of prey in North America, the American Kestrel is a fierce and specialized predator. Like other birds, the kestrel can see ultraviolet light. This allows it to see urine trails left by rodents. It is like seeing a neon trail to their prey. This is one of the many interesting facts about the most colorful and smallest bird of prey in North America. They can be seen perched on signs and other man-made objects near the Tumey, Panoche, and Griswold Hills.
BLM Photo: M. Westphal
Pinus longaeva - Bristlecone Pine - Pinaceae
Morphology: Medium evergreen tree, up to 15m. The trees have a gnarled and stunted appearance, especially those at high altitudes. In older specimens, much of the vascular cambium dies, and only a small section of the plant remains alive. Because the plants grow so slowly and live at an altitude where no decomposing fungi exist, their hard wood can take centuries to disappear after they die.
A species of long-living tree found in the higher mountains of the southwest United States. The species contains one individual, known as ‘Methuselah’, which is the longest living, non-clonal organism on earth, at 4789 years old. The exact location and identity of ‘Methuselah’ is not disclosed, in order to prevent vandalism.