I’m trying not to trot out my tired old grandfather-Faulkner-tennis anecdote*

Back in May there were reports of tourists flocking to Eudora Welty’s home in Jackson, Mississippi. Now CNN says there’s a new wave of tourists descending on William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak:

“Tourism exploded in the last two years even though Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, was closed for renovations,” said Oxford tourism director Max Hipp. “They walked the grounds, looked at Faulkner memorabilia at Ole Miss, soaked up Oxford’s atmosphere. Maybe it’s a fascination with what’s left of the Deep South and the Southern psyche. So much of the region has been malled and Walmart-ized. Downtown Oxford still looks a lot like it did when Faulkner used it as a stage for his characters.”

(Via Tingle Alley.)

* Now you’re starting to catch a small glimpse of what life is like for Mr. Maud.


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