Saturday, February 6, 2010

Woodward: Civilization...

...does have its small triumphs. It will soon be legal to buy a beer in the town where William Faulkner was born.

Not that Faulkner himself was particularly known for Bourbon was his libation of choice, and he chose it often. He once explained the health benefits of his heavy drinking by pointing out that "there's a lot of nourishment in an acre of corn." He was a very civilized man.

Legal beer sales may seem an inauspicious victory for civilization but, as the article linked above points out, Faulkner himself once campaigned for the measure. And wouldn't it please him to know that from now on, in New Albany, Mississippi, "the human heart in conflict with itself" will at least be able to go get a beer.