Film/Music/Literature

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

Film/Music/Literature

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

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