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


O. Henry’s endings

Micah Mattix, assistant professor of literature and writing at Houston Baptist University and books editor of The City, curates one of my new favorite morning highlights–the Prufrock newsletter. And this morning, Mattix points me to a short post about William Sydney Porter’s, or O. Henry’s, death on this day in 1910: O. Henry died on … 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