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.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


I love anachronisms.  I intentionally try to use them whenever possible.  And of all the anachronisms I use, I like none better than geographical anachronisms.  And while many, many exist, for whatever reason, I have not found a satisfactory list on the Internet.  So I will write my own.  Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.  (This will be updated)

Turkey = Anatolia
Mumbai, India = Bombay
Myanmar = Burma
Thailand = Siam
Israel = Palestine
Sudan = THE Sudan
Istanbul = Constantinople (or Byzantium!)
Beijing = Peking
Vietnam = Indochina
Hawai'i = Sandwich Islands
Southeastern Mediterranean = The Levant
Chennai, India = Madras
Zimbabwe = Rhodesia
Ethiopia = Abyssinia
Benin (apparently in Africa) = Dahomey
Iraq, southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran (Tigris-Euphrates watershed) = Mesopotamia