Posts tagged William Faulkner

That’s a gentleman … ladies and gentlemen.  PEN World Voices Festival is coming up … Check out the lecture series at The Standard, East Village.  


William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

“I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.”


Salman Rushdie’s Standard Library

See Stan.  See Stan run.  See Stan run to Gucci.  See Stan run to Gucci and buy a pair of black pony skin loafers with a gold horse bit detail.  That was the first story I ever read.  It was actually the first story I ever WROTE and then I read it.  I’ve always been a literary scion (in my own mind), and that’s why this news is more than I can handle.

Next week, The Standard, New York is acting as the official hotel partner of PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature and is hosting a slew of events which you must attend.  But the most exciting part of the week is that famed literary giant, Salman Rushdie, author of the infamous book entitled The Satanic Verses, has curated an incredible list of his favorite classics.  All the books are donated by Housing Works and will be found in all the rooms at the hotel…until they are taken!  Think of it as your own private library, and you never have to return the book!

If you’re wondering what lies in the mind of Rushdie and what he finds to be a classic, I’m about to share his titles with you.  I was going to make you check in to the hotel to find out, but it hurts me to taunt you, so here they are…

Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass
William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Eudora Welty’s The Collected Stories
Bernard Malamud’s The Complete Stories
Saul Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift
Philip Roth ‘s Portnoy’s Complaint
Flannery O’Connor’s Everything That Rises Must Converge
Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five
Thomas Pynchon’s   V.
Joseph Heller’s Catch 22
Toni Morrison’s Beloved
Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter & The Sorceror’s Stone 

HA!  I’m totally kidding with that last Harry Potter title.  Just wanted to see if you were paying attention!

The books will be in all rooms from April 25 - May 1.  For reservations, please call The Standard, New York on 212-645-4646.