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Walker Percy

Jessica Hooten Wilson
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In a culture in which algorithms control the content we consume—what movies to watch, what goods to buy, what news to listen to—the choice to read a book whose philosophy opposes our own and questions our sacred assumptions is nothing short of revolutionary...
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Do you believe in a higher power, something that transcends the “human organism”? If this question is trivialized or ignored, we enter the very sound and soul of despair... Anthropology is the scientific study of human beings....
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Will Barrett, the protagonist of Walker Percy’s novel The Last Gentleman, complains that he cannot figure out “how to live from one minute to the next on a Wednesday afternoon.” Even Christians, with a solid theological...
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Walker Percy prefaced The Moviegoer with a line from Søren Kierkegaard: “The specific character of despair is precisely this: it is unaware of being despair.” And from that starting point Percy slowly crafts a portrait of...
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For the truth of knowledge is measured by the knowable object. For it is because a thing is so or is not so that a statement is known to be true or false,...

In 1989, the year before his death, the great Southern novelist Walker Percy wrote a letter to rock-and-roll legend Bruce Springsteen, which reads, in part: This is a fan letter—of sorts. I’ve always been an...
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Review of The Thanatos Syndrome, by Walker Percy. In spite of his six widely read novels, his two works of nonfiction (with their original contributions to the study of language and...

Here's the third part of my celebration of Walker Percy's Lost in the Cosmos. This is a thought experiment, and you're perfectly free to disagree with it, have contempt for it, or just hate it. Walker...
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The title Lost in the Cosmos is meant to be a correction to Carl Sagan’s “splendid picture book” Cosmos, which Walker Percy understands as a failed self-help book. Sagan aims to get our...
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So lots of readers (about six) have written me asking for advice on what book they should read to turn their lives around. Here's my recommendation:  Lost in the Cosmos by the philosopher-physician-novelist...
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“I no longer pretend to understand the world...The world I knew has come crashing down around my ears. The things we hold dear are reviled and spat upon....It’s an interesting age you will...
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As Advent approaches, and the leaves change colors, and the country grows increasingly befuddled, I find myself appreciating the idiosyncrasies associated with working for a small business. Specifically, my own family's business, run by my tax attorney...