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Walker Percy Wednesday 124

One of the peculiar ironies of being a human self in the Cosmos: A stranger approaching you in the street will in a second’s glance see you whole, size you up, place you in a way in which you cannot and never will, even though you have spent a lifetime with yourself, live in the Century…

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Walker Percy Wednesday 123

According to a recent poll, more Americans set store in astrology than in science or God. 00000 The first question is: Why is it that both descriptions seem to fit you—or, for that matter, why do you seem to recognize yourself in the self-analysis of all twelve astrological signs? Or, to put it another way,…

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Walker Percy Wednesday 122

We are unknown, we knowers, to ourselves … Of necessity we remain strangers to ourselves, we understand ourselves not, in our selves we are bound to be mistaken, for each of us holds good to all eternity the motto, “Each is the farthest away from himself”—as far as ourselves are concerned we are not knowers.…

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Friday on my Mind

In popular culture, and especially in music, the days of the week of particular significance are Mondays and Fridays. The former has downbeat, dread-like connotations, as in “Blue Monday” (Dave Bartholomew, performed by Fats Domino) and “I Don’t Like Mondays” (Bob Geldof, performed by The Boomtown Rats). In contrast, Friday has an air of promise and…

Walker Percy: A Documentary Film

At last Win Riley’s superb one hour documentary is now available for viewing at your convenience and at a reasonable price. Sign up is free and the proceeds go directly to Win — enabling him to make more great content. Tip: best to use Chrome as your browser. If you have any queries check out the…

The American Evasion of Pragmatism: Souls, Science, and The Case of Walker Percy

Here’s a very good article by Rob Chodat It is the scientist’s “being-in-the-world” that allows her to describe planets and bacteria, “things and subhuman organisms,” but the “being-in-the-world” of the layman occupies what Percy calls a “different sort of reality,” resting upon the linguistic and social ties that constitute a “non-material, non-measurable entity.” And what holds…

Lost in the Cosmos

Here is astrophysicist Adam Frank’s insightful look at Walker Percy’s wonderful book. I don’t share Frank’s nor Lawler’s nor Percy’s optimism but I’m trying very hard. Also check out Peter Lawler’s take on LITC. There is one book that begins to answer these questions and I’m happy to pass it on. Walker Percy’s “Lost In…