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Walker Percy, Philosopher (10)

Forthcoming: Walker Percy, Philosopher. Percy’s Poetics of Dwelling: The Dialogical Self and the Ethics of Reentry in The Last Gentleman and Lost in the Cosmos Christopher Yates Christopher Yates explores how two of Walker Percy’s seminal texts call us to practice self-examination in a way that seeks to overcome deceptive clarities in our lives. It is…

Remembering, Forgetting and Self-Constitution: A Comparison of The Last Gentleman and Lanterns on the Levee

To mark the birth of William Alexander Percy here is a paper published in the Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Here is Bertram Wyatt-Brown’s Introduction to the 2006 edition of Percy’s Lanterns on the Levee. And here too is James E. Person Jr.’s look at Percy’s memoir. Bertram Wyatt-Brownlanterns on the leveethe last gentlemanWalker PercyWilliam…

Bourbon vs Scotch

Having just cracked open a long anticipated bottle of Yellowstone I have bourbon on my mind — and this coincides with Julia Reed’s discussion taking wing from Walker Percy’s famous essay. Sociological musings aside, I’m of the view that the pitching of Bourbon vs Scotch is a false dichotomy: there is no legitimate comparison. If I had…

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 WEDNESDAY 49

Perhaps this moment more than any other, the moment of his first astonishment, marked the beginning for the engineer of what is called a normal life. From that time forward it was possible to meet him and after a few minutes form a clear notion of what sort of fellow he was and how he…

Walker Percy Wednesday 48

The game was the thing. One became impatient with non-game happenings—a nurse coming in to empty the urinal. Time disposed itself in short tolerable stretches between the bright beads of the games. The score itself, toted up and announced, had the cheerful workaday effect of a small tidy business. It came to be understood too…

Walker Percy Wednesday 46

When he woke, it was very cold. He lit the propane panel ray and, as he waited for the cabin to warm, caught sight of his own name in Sutter’s casebook. Barrett: His trouble is he wants to know what his trouble is. His “trouble,” he thinks, is a disorder of such a character that…