Chris Harris: master NOLA documenter

It’s been long overdue but Chris now has representation with the top-notch A Gallery for Fine Photography. Not only has Chris had access to the “who’s who” of the NOLA arts scene (Clementine Hunter, Tennessee Williams, Walker Percy, Thelma Toole, Professor Longhair) but Chris has shown me images not in the gallery (James Booker, Gatemouth, Charles Neville & Bros., a whole series shot in Angola). Of course, given Chris’ status he also documented out-of-town mega-names such as McCartney, Elton John, Steve Jobs and the like which I’ve had the privilege to view. Chris’ unintrusive (but not overly distant or hagiographical) modus operandi has served him well — his talk as “Walker Percy’s photographer” at a Walker Percy Weekend was fascinating.

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Walker Percy, philosopher (4)

Forthcoming: Walker Percy, Philosopher.

Walker Percy, Phenomenology, and the Mystery of Language

by Carolyn Culbertson

In his theoretical essays on language, Walker Percy criticizes contemporary linguistics for overlooking the deep, existential impact that language acquisition has on human life. This acquisition, for Percy, radically transforms the human being’s mode of existence. With the acquisition of language, the world and our role in it change. The meaning of the world comes to be revealed through the ongoing life of human discourse: through books, conversations, philosophical inquiry, and so on. This chapter clarifies and elaborates on Percy’s critique by showing how it arises as a central insight in twentieth-century German phenomenology, particularly in the later work of Martin Heidegger and in the hermeneutic phenomenology of Heidegger’s student, Hans-Georg Gadamer.

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CONSERVATISM: An Invitation to the Great Tradition

Published today.

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Acquiring the rudiments of morality in child play

Episode 15 of Marc’s series of podcasts. For an overview of Marc’s work see his website.

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Breadfan

The original version of Breadfan with a snippet of Winston Churchill’s famous acceptance speech included (subsequently deleted for copyright reasons). There is a dearth of good articles about Budgie but this is the best one I’ve come across.

Budgie’s fanatical grass-roots following was in total contrast to the slating they regularly suffered from the music press.

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Marking the birth of the gentle professor.

In the university of Oxford, the greater part of the public professors have, for these many years, given up altogether even the pretence of teaching.

 

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