The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 2, 1989 -Page 5
by Geoff Birmingham
been largely ignored and obscured by
historians and educators north of the Mason-
Dixon line because "the South lost the war."
"I am crazy and when I am not crazy, I'm
nuts," Irwin "Toby" Holtzman said.
In truth, however, Holtzman, who
donated his entire collection of William
Faulkner books and memorabilia to the
University's Department of Rare Books and
Special Collections last Friday, seems to be
anything but crazy.
The donation of his collection was
celebrated throughout the day with panel
discussions on the life and work of Faulkner,
in which Holtzman participated, and with an
official dedication, which was attended by
&-University President James Duderstadt.
The collection includes biographies,
,published books, letters, memoirs, and all
he published criticisms of Faulkner. In
addition there are photographs, film scripts,
#nd numerous other Faulkner items.
Holtzman, who graduated from the
University in 1949, calls himself "the
greatest American book collector." He .,as an
extensive collection of Soviet literature and
all the literature published by Israeli authors
since the country's birth in 1949.
He began his Faulkner collection in
1950, soon after Faulkner won the Nobel
Prize for literature. He intends to continue
aquiring Faulkner material, all of which he
will give to the University as the "quote-
unquote unpaid curator."
In discussing the Faulkner collection,
Holtzman refused to assign more importance
to any particular item over another. "I don't
consider printed matter anything more than
printed matter... and I get as much of a kick
out of a small printed article as I do of a six-
hundred-dollar, leather-bound, limited edition
novel," he said.
Instead, Holtzman said the real value of
literature is that it educates the reader in the
culture and the society from which it was
written. "I don't believe a child can be
educated through art institutes and media at
the expense of books, libraries, and printed
matter," he said.
This belief, in part, explains Holtzman's
reasons for donating the Faulkner collection
to the University. Nearly all of William
Faulkner's writing concerns the southern
United States and is located in the South.
"Faulkner is southern culture," Holtzman
into the library."
University to be one
he considers the
of the best schools in
'I don't consider printed matter anything more than
printed matter... and I get as much of a kick out of a
small printed article as I do of a six-hundred-dollar,
leather-bound, limited edition novel.'
-- Irwin Holtzman
Donator of the Faulkner collection
His donation, therefore, is an attempt to
further educate students about southern
culture. In fact, at the dedication he requested
that Duderstadt promise to "bring students
said southern culture is
American history, but it has
the world, and he wants the University
libraries to reflect this. His main desire
though, is that his collection be used by all
Eastern European countries
to evolve again, speaker says
by Jennifer Hirt
Elizabeth Pond, former Moscow
and Central European Bureau Chief
for the Christian Sciefce Monitor,
told a 100-member crowd at Rack-
ham Graduate School Friday that the
"second creation oEurope" has
tendencies toward defrv&acy.
Pond, who received the fourth
Graham Hovey Journalism Fellows
Award before her s#kh, said the
"first Europe," reconif-ucted imme-
diately by the Soviets in the Warsaw
Pact following WoI(War II, was
warped and needed cfvge.
"The Second Creation is both an
emancipation and movement in
Eastern Europe towr integration,"
she said. Integratir'n consists of
Eastern European co1hitries striving
for a common market without a bar-
rier from the SovietldAllowing them
to trade with countries like Britain
"This is important because there
is a magnet to Hungbhy and Czech-
oslovakia from East Germany,"
where there is a tremendous market
for goods, replacingL, dependence
on the Soviet Union, she said.
She said her theories are based on
three fundamental beliefs. First, be-
cause of the economic and social cri-
sis in the Soviet Union, Mikhail
Gorbachev concluded that internal
development, rather than external ac-
tivity like that in Afghanistan, is the
utmost priority in Soviet policy-
Second, Pond noted the recent
delegitimization of Soviet rule. For
example, Gorbachev has given East
Germany more control over its own
affairs. Thus, Soviet rule has less in-
fluence in that country; if such re-
forms continue, the "iron curtain"
will lose legitimacy.
Finally, she pointed out that
countries such as East Germany
Poland, and Czechoslavakia have
been working to regain their E ur-
opean heritage since commuli mt
took over. After the Cold War, many
eastern bloc countries were tied to
Soviet culture; but today, Pond said,
East Germany has more freedom to
regain its original cultural roots.
In honor of Graham Hovey, a
former New York Times reporter and
member of the Michigan Journalism
Fellows, Pond said, "I acknowledge
his serious craftmanship and belief
in truth." Keeping these attitudes of
truth in mind, Pond focused the re-
mainder of her speech on the impor-
tance of governmental "truth" in
"Truth-telling is important to
Eastern Europe and the reformers in
the Soviet Union," she said. As a re-
sult, "The exodus in East Germany,
is allowing people to vote with their
feet when crossing the border," she
said. "East Germany will suffer from
a great drain in economic crisis,
since 90,000 East Germans will be
allowed to leave. Of these 90,000,
many are of quality: young profes-
sionals, doctors, surgeons, and den-
"These actions may change East
Germany's idea of reform, but one
cannot tell at the present," she said.
"The second creation is anything
but predictable," she said, "but that
makes it exciting."
Delighted at Dominicks
Overlooking the Law Quad, Lisa Samra and Christina Bragalone enjoy Columbian Iced Tea at Dominicks.
tregister to vote
MANAGUA (AP) -
Nicaraguans began registering yes-
terday to vote in February's national
elections as American congressmen
N. and other observers watched for evi-
dence of fraud.
a Nearly 5,000 booths nationwide
were opened to register the estimated
19 million voters.
President Daniel Ortega was the
first in line at the booth serving his
area, an upper-class neighborhood in
°, pentral Managua. Dressed in his mil-
itary uniform, Ortega arrived with
h is wife, Rosario Murillo, and sev-
eral of their children.
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forest officer in charge of administra-
,tion and training for Uganda, ex-
-plained, "Generally, Uganda hasn't
got enough funds to maintain envi-
ronmental projects. Economically,
,our country has been undergoing dis-
=turbances for about 20 years."
Matthias said natural high forest
management has begun again with
$31 million in international aid.
I, Omar Oyuela of Honduras, the
water resource manager for the
Honduran forestry corporation, said
,.natural resource management often
becomes people management.
Oyuela said, "We are trying to
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date is increasing every year. Our
pine forests will regenerate, but the
rain forests do not grow back, so we
,explain this to the people on TV, in
magazines, and on the radio."
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