Esquire has the good sense to interview James Lee Burke, who once had the good grace to tape an hour-long interview on EWTN, which I, thanks to my sainted mother, had the good fortune to see. Plenty of Percyian echoes.
If you learn anything with age, it’s that ultimately you don’t solve the great mysteries. I don’t know why the good suffer. I’m a believer, but I don’t understand the nature of God. I don’t understand the nature of evil. I sometimes look around and think maybe we’re not gonna make it as a species. I sometimes wonder if there isn’t some active force that is intent on destroying the earth.
There’s even a fun echo of the Bowie knife passage from The Last Gentleman.