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The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans

Review of Lawrence Powell’s masterful history of New Orleans in Cosmos + Taxis. The palpable sense of cultural vibrancy and of place, so essential to New Orleans’ identity, makes absolute nonsense of the currently fashionable phrase “cultural appropriation”, a conceptually illiterate term of abuse, a newfangled fundamentalism, espoused by the authoritarian “regressive” left. cosmos &…

Walker Percy Wednesday 129

Question (I): Which of the two, the actors or the townspeople, are the more real, that is, perceive themselves as more nearly what they are? (a) The townspeople because they have no illusions about themselves, their humdrum lives and workaday selves, whereas the actors not only live in a tinsel world but are themselves forever…

Walker Percy Wednesday 128

A RECENT POLL ASKED people what they feared most. A majority of respondents agreed in ranking one fear above all others, above fear of sickness, accidents, crime, war, even death. It is the fear of speaking before a group, stage fright. Yet in the conventional objective scientific view, man is an organism among other organisms…