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Walker Percy, Philosopher (12)

Forthcoming: Walker Percy, Philosopher. Percy on the Allure of Violence and Destruction Brian A. Smith Anxiety concerning the decline and fall of civilization appears throughout Walker Percy’s body of work. Smith argues that what sets Percy’s account of this issue apart from others rests in his preoccupation not so much with depicting actual disaster for what…

Walker Percy, Philosopher (11)

Forthcoming: Walker Percy, Philosopher. “There Must Be a Place”: Walker Percy and the Philosophy of Place Patrick L. Connelly Patrick Connelly explores Walker Percy’s contribution to the philosophy of place by examining place-thinking in his fiction and nonfiction. Percy is first put in conversation with the contemporary philosopher of place Edward S. Casey. Both writers understand place as a source…

Frederick Rolfe

I’ve been exploring a terrific repository of “Rolfeana” curated by blogger/translator James Conway on his very interesting Strange Flowers blog, its tagline — “A cabinet of human curiosities”. If like me you have a soft spot for radical individualists (i.e. transgressive “characters”), then  James’ blog is just the ticket: [i]s a product of the blogger’s obsession with history’s…

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…