Walker Percy’s “Moviegoer” and the Aesthetics of Adversity

Stuart Mitchner in Town Topics

Percy intuits the possibility of a Katrina might seem a given, but what sets his book apart is its fortuitous all but prophetic awareness of something that did not take place until 15 years after his death. It’s as if the book had been created in the shadow of imminent catastrophe by a philosopher/novelist exploring the aesthetics of adversity while posing questions such as why the same man who feels bad in a good environment is “apt to feel good in a very bad environment, say an old hotel on Key Largo during a hurricane.”