William Faulkner

Southern Comfort by Cindy Hulsey

In the summer of 1980 I transferred from OSU to TU. I took a summer class to get the lay of the land, and serendipitously discovered the professor whose enthusiasm for literature would inspire me to change my major from French to English literature.  The late great Dr. Jim Watson was passionate about books and introduced me to many great writers, not the least of which was the holy trinity of Southern Literature; William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor.

The Raphael Rerun Principle by Laura Raphael

The joke in my family is that I like reruns. From leftover pizza to watching that same episode of “Friends” for the tenth time, I find comfort in returning to what I’ve already encountered.

While this belies a rather conservative streak in my character, I suppose, I have an additional explanation: re-watching or re-reading (or re-eating) can also be a richer experience, deeper and more rewarding the second time round than the first.