Bar room existentialism

Once, in a small-town bar, Percy observed this: “You sit here and listen, and it doesn’t take long to realize that a lot of the ‘existentialism’ of the intellectual is close to the heart of the person next to you, having a beer after a day in a shrimp boat, or working on a farm, or on his way home from one of the businesses around here, but in need of a moment to get his head together.”

Robert Coles, Walker Percy: An American Search, p. 236

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