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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…

Walker Percy in the Ruins: A Conversation with Brian Smith

Having just finished Brian’s book Walker Percy and the Politics of the Wayfarer (which I’ll discuss at length in a forthcoming review essay), I was very pleased to come across Brian’s lovely podcast discussion with Richard Reinsch at the Law & Liberty blog. Brian’s exposition of Percy is a paragon of clarity and thus makes for a most reliable overview. (His…

Classic Mint Julep Recipe

After the first long swallow — really a slow and noiseless suck, because the thick crushed ice comes against your teeth and the ice must be kept out and the liquor let in — Cap Mac would say: “Very fine, Camille, you make the best julep in the world.” She probably did. Certainly her juleps…

Walker Percy

Walker Percy was one of the most influential American writers and philosophers of the 20th century. He is best known for his first novel, “The Moviegoer,” which won the National Book Award in 1962. Catholicismexistentialismnew orleansthe moviegoerWalker PercyWilliam Alexander Percy