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Thelma Toole interviewed by Tom Snyder

As a regular viewer of Tom Synder’s late night interview show ostensibly dealing with less fluffy primetime subject matter (e. g. Johnny Rotten, Lennon, Sterling Hayden, Manson), I recall seeing Thelma being interviewed: at the time it made little impression upon me. Since my interest in “Ken” Toole has been ignited I’ve failed to find a…

Walker Percy, philosopher (1)

This marks the first of a series of extracts from the forthcoming Walker Percy, Philosopher. Percy: The Wondering Physician-Philosopher by Richard Gunderman Percy did not advocate an abandonment of science, but he did see the need for another way of knowing, or at least another means of investigation – one that recognized the possibility of a different…

Walker Percy: Diagnosing the Modern Malaise

Born on this date. I don’t recall this rare bit of Percyana ever being mentioned by Rhoda Faust. Most appropriately entitled Diagnosing the Modern Malaise it was published by Rhoda’s imprint in 1985 and is one of only 250 numbered copies signed by Percy (with 50 others on special paper) and is listed with various antiquarian booksellers at…

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Mishima’s classic published in English (translated by Ivan Morris) on this date in 1959. See Donald Keene’s original review “Beauty Itself Became a Deadly Enemy” in the NYT. aestheticsDonald KeeneJapanphilosophical literatureYukio Mishima

The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime

This recent book sounds most appealing what with a chapter entitled “Walker Percy’s Search”. An endorsement by Brian Smith is recommendation enough. Edith Whartonelizabeth amatohappinessLiberalismNathaniel Hawthornephilosophical literaturePolitical philosophyTom WolfeWalker Percy