American Heritage has a long essay on Faulkner. For those who don't know much about him (like me) it is interesting reading on one of America's finest writers.
Faulkner was apparently a single minded individual and didn't have too much patience with many things including frivolity. He lived most of his life in Mississippi but found himself in Hollywood on a number of occasions as a screen writer. On one of those occasions, he grew so frustrated with the movie set lifestyle, the wasted time and the shallowness of the life on set that he asked his director if he could work from home. The director said sure no problem and Faulkner proceeded to fly back to Mississippi. I always found that story funny.