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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Faulkner And Iraq

"Faulkner's work is full of torture and violence and abuse, sanctioned and sanctified by the collective fear and bloodlust and wounded self-righteousness of the crowd. In 2005, when record numbers of soldiers return home without limbs, cable news television replays images of extra-judicial torture carried out in the name of civil society, and the nation finds itself engaged in a conflict mired in bad faith, Faulkner is every bit as relevant as he was in 1932."

That's Robert Wheaton of PopMatters, on how extraordinary it is that William Faulkner has a place in understanding American culture today.


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