Why Colonel Sartoris?

Allow me to explain the puzzling title. Colonel Sartoris is William Faulkner's greatest character. He exemplifies those values that his society cherishes, namely tradition, patriarchy, courtliness, and courage. Though modernity's slow march tries to strip him of these things, Sartoris continues to live as he always has, knowing that "the past is never dead. It's not even past." He seeks order in the honorable folkways and mores of his forbears. Let us not forget his example.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Back in Big D

I got a job at a ranch a couple hours west of Dallas.  I needed to start Monday/Tuesday, so I drove from Asheville, NC to Dallas, TX in one day.  And, yes, making the trip was the same Mabesmobile that has no air-conditioning.  Also accompanying me was my 90 pound golden retriever (Boomer), whose breath and general muskiness did very little to improve in-flight conditions in the cabin.  That said, I had Conway, Loretta, George, and Willie to keep me company on the way home, and I was actually surprised that I made it home at a decent hour.  I left at 8:15
 in Asheville, and made it to my parents' house by 10:20.  It was great to be back.
I was not surprised that Arkansas continues to suck.

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