Comments: What would be the best environment for a writer?
Later in that interview Mr. Faulkner expressed the opinion that:
People between twenty and forty are not sympathetic. The child has the capacity to do but it can't know. It only knows when it is no longer able to do—after forty. Between twenty and forty the will of the child to do gets stronger, more dangerous, but it has not begun to learn to know yet. Since his capacity to do is forced into channels of evil through environment and pressures, man is strong before he is moral. The world's anguish is caused by people between twenty and forty. The people around my home who have caused all the interracial tension— the Milams and the Bryants (in the Emmett Till murder) and the gangs of Negroes who grab a white woman and rape her in revenge, the Hitlers, Napoleons, Lenins—all these people are symbols of human suffering and anguish, all of them between twenty and forty.
...if we Americans are to survive it will have to be because we choose and elect and defend to be first of all Americans; to present to the world one homogeneous and unbroken front, whether of white Americans or black ones or purple or blue or green.
I find myself grateful that I have outlived the first category, and never considered any other reality but the second.
Posted by Rob De Witt at February 4, 2013 1:19 PM
He has a point, although the girls all keep bugging him. Living in a cabin out in the woods is probably ideal.
Posted by Christopher Taylor at February 4, 2013 3:33 PM
Nah Chris, I do it regularly. You go stir crazy after two weeks. We are social creatures.
Posted by Casca at February 5, 2013 8:32 PM
Faulkner was fundamentally wrong about that. People are not homogeneous. Trying to make them homogeneous makes them crazy.
Posted by james wilson at February 5, 2013 10:15 PM