Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Great Wednesay Compare- John Steinbeck VERSUS William Faulkner

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (John Steinbeck Vs. Karl Marx), with a final score of 15-2, was John Steinbeck.

Okay, I promise you, I didn't intentionally hand it over to Steinback last week. While I didn't really think many would agree with Marx's politics, I suspected a lot of people would follow Myrthe's line of reasoning and vote for his, and his books' influence on political history. Politics, schmolitics. It seems to be all about the literature here.

Which brings us to what could very well be the last edition of the first Wednesday Compare. A win this week would bring Steinbeck's total wins to 5, meaning the next week would bring us two brand new contestants. How should I end this thing? (If it in fact ends at all.) I considered a few possibilities, but finally came down to Faulkner.

Faulkner, like Hemingway and Steinbeck himself, was both a Pulitzer Prize winner and a Nobel Prize winner. Like them or not, they were (and arguably still are) titans of American literature. Looking back on some of the past contenders, it seems mightily American biased. It would seem fitting to end on that note (the greatest American novelist is...) Then again, if Faulkner wins, maybe there's a Brit or two left to compete. It certainly won't be a Canadian- we haven't fared well at all!

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (Feb 5, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?



23 comments:

Dorothy W. said...

Faulkner, definitely!

kookiejar said...

Were I going on sex appeal alone, I'd say Faulkner...but that can't be my deciding factor.

Steinbeck.

3M said...

Steinbeck!

Wendy said...

Steinbeck :)

Chris said...

Aw, are you really going to end it? I think it could go on forever.

Just for spite (for Shields), I'm going with Faulkner.

August said...

Faulkner all the way.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I haven't read enough Faulkner,so I'm sticking with Steinbeck. I'm not sure if that constitutes sex appeal or not.

Carrie K said...

Faulkner.

John Mutford said...

Just so the above comments about sex appeal don't seem totally out-of-whack, there was a bit in the last paragraph about "voting whichever way you wished (including sex appeal)" that was related to a comment from a few comoares back. Inadvertently it slipped in again and I didn't realize until a few people started bringing it up. Anyway it's removed now because it felt like a private joke and you know how annoying those can be (am I right, Barbara ;) All that aside, feel free to vote along those lines if want "any merit you choose" right?

Rob Hardy said...

I'm sorry, but this Steinbeck thing has gone too far. The Great Wednesday Compare is dead to me now.

pussreboots said...

Steinbeck.

Sam Houston said...

Falukner, although he makes me work very hard sometimes.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love private jokes (as long as I am on the A-list) but I still can't decide whether Steinbeck or Faulkner is sexier.

BookGal said...

Tough choice but I'm sticking with Steinbeck!

Kimiko said...

Definitely a tough choice, but i´d have to go with Faulkner, for making me think more.

Remi said...

I'll keep it short and sweet. Steinbeck.

Carrie K said...

Faulkner is sexier although I'm basing this strictly on a presumed southern accent.

But mostly I popped by again to make sure you'd heard about the 3rd Annual Brigid Cyberspace Silent Poetry Posting on Saturday.

Nicole said...

Faulkner.

I thought I had remembered reading a short story of his in high school, I followed the link and found that I had. It was called "A Rose for Emily."

So, I'm voting for Faulkner because he is more interesting than Steinbeck.

raidergirl3 said...

A Rose for Emily? I'll vote for Faulkner then.

I don't like Steinbeck enough to see him go undefeated.

Bookfool said...

I could get lynched for this, since I live in Mississippi, but definitely Steinbeck. Faulkner was better looking. I agree with Kookie on that. Guck, though, Carrie -- you have sooo not heard a Mississippi accent. Grating. I love 'em, but the accent makes me want to cover my head. Except if it's Larry Brown and then I'm all adoration.

Bybee said...

I've read 2 Faulkner novels "As I Lay Dying" and "Light In August" and a handful of short stories.

I prefer Steinbeck, but I gotta give props to Faulkner for creating the entire universe of Yoknapawtahah county. I know that's not spelled right.

This is painful...I need some aspirin and a whole week to think about this one. See you after the weekend...

John Mutford said...

Tie-breaking vote fell to me: Steinbeck.

Now closed.

Michigan Seo said...

Steinbeck, hands down.