Civic/Social/Education / Theology/Religion

A Post-Stoicism of sorts

Rod Dreher, in a blog post for The American Conservative, ruined my morning on Tuesday. Quoting from Walker Percy’s epoch-making Christian existentialist novel The Moviegoer, Dreher uses Aunt Emily’s diatribe to her nephew Binx Bolling to illustrate a religious and social Stoicism still common to the South: “All these years I have been assuming that … Continue reading


Offer it up

As I discussed yesterday, I have a difficult time doing small, ordinary things that don’t involve a larger picture. This curse applies not only to doing little things for other people, but it also carries over to my cultural pursuits. For example, I wasn’t satisfied with simply rereading Gatsby, so I decided to tackle all … Continue reading


Reflecting on John F. Kennedy’s legacy in Catholic writing and beyond

Yesterday was Walker Percy’s birthday, and my co-editor, C.H. McCants, discussed the influence of Percy in his life in a short essay this morning. Today is another American Catholic hero’s birthday–John F. Kennedy. And it happens that Jack isn’t so far removed from Percy. Percy’s brother, Billups Phinizy Percy, was a law professor at Tulane … Continue reading