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

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.

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Clip:

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.

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