Best of Bad Hemingway, Vol 2: More Choice Entries from Harry's Bar & American Grill Imitation Hemingway Competition

Harry's Bar &. American Grill, Author, Harry&S Bar & Grill, Editor Mariner Books $8.95 (126p) ISBN 978-0-15-611866-8
Faulkner's immortal Yoknapatawpha County has been renamed after the shaman of Star Wars , Obieonekenobie. The Sartoris family--whose saga made for some of Faulkner's finest fiction--has had its ancestry traced by Jay Martel to ``the primordial Sartorisaurus and its scalyno comma/pk ill-fated broods of Sartorisauruses.'' And Sam Staggs satirizes Faulkner's sometimes exuberant verbosity in ``As I Lay Dieting.'' Those are just some of the myriad indignities the author suffers in these perversely inventive parodies from American Way magazine and Faulkner Newsletter' s faux Faulkner contest, which read like an entertainingly cracked set of Cliff's Notes. The volume also includes earlier faux Faulkner, such as Kenneth Tynan's parody of ``that old diurnal round of sufferin' and expiatin' and spoutin' sentences two pages long'' of Faulkner's characters. As if to prove old Bill was not above a laugh at his own expense, Wells--Faulkner's niece and editor of Faulkner Newsletter --reprints his self-parody ``Afternoon of a Cow,'' which, due to self-consciousness perhaps, never quite achieves the impish charm of the volume's other satires. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1991
Release date: 10/01/1991
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