On Losing the War and Being Twice Blest for It 

Asked by news reporters why he thought there were so many fine Southern writers, the novelist Walker Percy, who, in 1962, had just won the National Book Award, answered at once, “Because we lost the War.” His point was not the obvious one that a defeated people will have better stories to tell than the side that won. Although it is true that while the winners get to write the history…

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