Faulkner Goes Postal


Take a look at William Faulkner’s resignation from his postmaster job, which appears at Letters of Note:

As long as I live under the capitalistic system, I expect to have my life influenced by the demands of moneyed people. But I will be damned if I propose to be at the beck and call of every itinerant scoundrel who has two cents to invest in a postage stamp.

Oh, Faulkner, you beautiful, arrogant, senseless, idealistic genius.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →