Mark Edmundson is University Professor in the Department of English at the University of Virginia. His books include Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game, Why Teach?, and Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals.
A hangover is about being poisoned, no doubt. The toxins linger in the body and must be expelled, or waited out. We’re sick with a mini-flu and need to get better. But isn’t a hangover about more than physical toxins, at least some of the time?