One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Knight-Errant's Return


The New Bridge

Clip from Walker Percy's "The Moviegoer"

Bits and pieces stand out, but thus far: not the whole. Trying to reserve judgment until the end (am at maybe 45%). And I'm 99% certain my reading pleasure is being dampened by the rigmarole at semester's end.



After the lunch conference I run into my cousin Nell Lovell on the steps of the library—where I go occasionally to read liberal and conservative periodicals. Whenever I feel bad, I go to the library and read controversial periodicals. Though I do not know whether I am a liberal or a conservative, I am nevertheless enlivened by the hatred which one bears the other. In fact, this hatred strikes me as one of the few signs of life remaining in the world. This is another thing about the world which is upside-down: all the friendly and likable people seem dead to me; only the haters seem alive.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Colorado Lagoon: Re-Opening

Of late, something the lagoon loves to do: close and reopen. Was there early yesterday (saw the band setting up but didn't stay, or return, for the ribbon-cutting); and again early today. A. & C. just returned a bit ago: said they preferred the lagoon's older self. They remember it when it was really wild. Oh, well: changes.









Saturday, May 20, 2017

Walker Percy (1916 - 1990)

Walker Percy, Obl.S.B. (May 28, 1916 – May 10, 1990) was an American author from Covington, Louisiana, whose interests included philosophy and semiotics. Percy is known for his philosophical novels set in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, the first of which, The Moviegoer, won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.[1] He devoted his literary life to the exploration of "the dislocation of man in the modern age."[2] His work displays a combination of existential questioning, Southern sensibility, and deep Catholic faith.

[From Wikipedia:]


Handke suggested the read (via an interview). A friend agreed. Reread Short Letter, Long Farewell (Handke), and have now moved on to The Moviegoer (Percy). Will give it some time.

Peter Handke