Tag Archives: Walker Percy

Graciousness

Never marry into an important family of high achievers – the work of being gracious will kill you. Back in the eighties it was the late afternoon chit-chat at the Pentagon, a room full of political biggies and old men … Continue reading

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Something in the Air

Here’s something you can look back on with a bemused smile – what was being said the day before the presidential election, when there was no more to say. In a long item at the solidly conservative National Review Online, … Continue reading

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The South Speaks

Faulkner and Walker Percy had it right – there’s something about the South that generates vague despair. It’s just that Faulkner covered the last of the Old South, as it decayed into proud meaninglessness, and Walker Percy covered the cheerily … Continue reading

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The Only Animal That Explains Things

It’s an open question as to whether animals think – every dog owner seems to think his dog thinks. It sure looks like it. But dogs have evolved into being good mimics – it affords them regular meals, served just … Continue reading

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The Last Gentleman

In this new century – well, almost new, as almost eight years of it have come and gone – it’s hard to figure out what to make of that concept that seems so early Victorian now, the gentleman.     Emerson … Continue reading

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