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

Civic/Social/Education

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

Civic/Social/Education / Film/Music/Literature

Walker Percy and place

Yesterday was the birthday of Walker Percy, this journal’s philosophical patron. As a southerner, I share a number of sensibilities with the good doctor. We share a particular national and worldview because we observe these other places from the American South, a region occasionally excluded from the greater national imagination, often by its own insistence. … Continue reading