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Vol. 20, No. 2: Summer 2014

Taking Strong Drink

by Bill Koon

“Some devout Baptists complained that there was too much booze in a mini bottle for one drink; the rest of us complained that there wasn’t enough.”

William Faulkner must have smiled down from heaven back in 2010 when his birthplace, New Albany, Mississippi, went wet—or at least damp—by making the sale of beer and “light wine” legal. The New York Times broke the news and chuckled at the irony of a long-dry town whose favorite son was a well-known drinker. The citizens had quite a battle over the issue, and the losers were not good sports. They immediately got their aldermen—most of them prohibitionists, if not teetotalers—to declare that beer would not be sold cold, by the single bottle, or on Sunday. And so it seems that folks in New Albany are going to be stuck with six-packs, cases, or maybe even kegs of warm beer, six days a week.

This article appears as an abstract above, the complete article can be accessed in Project Muse
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