Walker Percy Blog Watch

The absence of Medusa
A fairly messed-up (but on the upswing) girl-professor talks about rereading The Moviegoer and how she started reading Percy under the sway of her drug-addled rugby player boyfriend who was friends with Percy’s nephew.

Seth Interviews Bill
An uncertain library science grad student, Methodist-turned-Catholic, answers questions in what seems like a tired two-o’clock-in-the-morning South Florida murmur; references to Percy are mixed up with an eclectic assortment of others.

Literature Armageddon!
A goofy young man named Ben has some fun putting out a list of his favorite Catholic fiction, including The Movie-Goer and The Last Gentleman.

Lars Walker reviews The Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy
The Thanatos Syndrome is [Percy’s] most approachable book, apparently written with the express purpose of capping his critically acclaimed career with a popular blockbuster. Percy was a Catholic (why are most of the best Christian authors Catholic?) and in The Thanatos Syndrome he gave us one of the best pro-life novels ever.”

#13: Lost In The Cosmos
A fellow who calls himself Jockeystreet dishes up a nice little review of Lost in the Cosmos, mentioned in the same breath as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. “Written in 1983, some of it is, of course, a little dated; what’s impressive is how much isn’t.”

The Joys of Spring
The Grillmaster takes a break from raking the coals to knock it back neat with Percy’s “Bourbon.”

Happy Hate
Dan Hawkins reports: “Yesterday I finished To Hate Like This is to be Happy Forever by Will Blythe…. Blythe’s very funny. I think even Duke fans could enjoy this memoir. The man’s obviously well read (by which I mean he quotes Walker Percy, one of my favorite writers, and I caught a faint whiff of Flannery O’Connor).”

Road Trip Ahead
Liz Swift, a wool-spinning Catholic convert homeschooler turned (it would seem) teacher, ponders a road trip to a conference on Shakespeare as Catholic and which direction to lead her students next: “Of course I’m being sorely tempted to go in a new direction and do Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, Walker Percy, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Eudora Welty.”

New York Post
A Brighton girl (who’s writing a dissertation on ghosts and surrealism) blogs about her trip to New York, including this mention of WP: “every bookstore I visited was lacking in Southern lit–it was like being in the UK where asking for Walker Percy gets you a blank stare.”

Niggardly Rickets
A one-entry blog “commentareum” by sometime Korrektiv commenter Rufus McCain, resident of the state pen, whose profile lists The Thanatos Syndrome as his favorite book.


  1. Quin Finnegan says

    And then there’s the Ghost With An Erection

  2. Wait–Walker Percy’s Catholic?

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