2013 Kentucky Derby Preview

Due to circumstances beyond our control, ALDLAND’s coverage of this year’s Kentucky Derby will be significantly more limited than it was for last year’s. Among other things, this means that there is no planned live blogging of the race.

Instead, the following is available for your prerace enjoyment:

  • A story about William Faulkner at the 1955 DerbyLouisville; and
  • The last video footage ever taken of Secretariat:

Enjoy the race tomorrow.


Ken Burns’ Old Mississippi

Ole Miss feels a lot like the most literary team in all of college football, and while I can’t put my finger right on the reason for that, I don’t think it’s just because of Faulkner, although there is that. It’s been more than a year since we all noted what I thought was the final chapter of Ole Miss’ mascot tale, although that story’s had an extended epilogue, which probably isn’t surprising. I think “Mississippi” was the first word I remember learning how to spell.

In our America, of course, all great literary things get the film treatment, and the best of them get the Ken Burns treatment. Arguably proving my above-stated thesis, Ole Miss is no exception.

(HT: SB Nation)