The Walker Percy, Quentin Tarantino Connection

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“’Breathless’” is not the only remake that Tarantino likes better than the original. He likes L. M. (Kit) Carson and McBride’s screenplay version of ‘The Moviegoer’ better than Walker Percy’s novel, which he found unemotional and dry.”

— from “The Movie Lover,” Larissa MacFarquhar’s New Yorker profile of Tarantino



Sanitized Rowing Machines


God bless the staff of the Y
For doing what makes mothers cry:
Sanitizing the sweat,
Forgiving the debt,
And making things clean ‘fore we die.

Park No Park


Pantoum for the Fifty Percent

tom and viv
The dinner détente dies, the candles fade,
The tension mounts, a cat that climbs the stairs.
Like clowns out of step in a sad parade,
The wind and rain repeat, but no one cares.

The tension mounts. A cat that climbs the stairs
Connotes the awkward moment’s masquerade
The wind and rain repeat. But no one cares
When love grows still and breathes contagious airs.

Cannot the awkward moment’s masquerade
Expend emotion’s capital like tares
Our love still grows? To breathe contagious airs
We hum the minor chords of Scheherazade.

We spent emotion’s capital. Like tares,
The dinner détente dies. The candles fade.
We hum the minor chords of Scheherazade
Like clowns out of step in a sad parade.

The Walker Percy, Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs Connection

As usual Cosmos the in Lost is way out ahead of us on the Walker Percy six-month-old news front. This year mark’s the 25th anniversary of Walker Percy’s Jefferson Lecture. By design or lucky chance, this year’s Jefferson lecturer, Walter Isaacson, happens to have a very interesting Percy connection. Isaacson, the author of the much-acclaimed biography of Steve Jobs, is a friend of Percy’s nephew, and grew up knowing of Percy as “Uncle Walker.” His lecture on the intersection of science and the humanities, references “Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs, Ada Lovelace, Walker Percy, and Edwin Land and others who fused humanistic thought with scientific discovery.”

Speaking of Hemingway …

What do you call a bullfighter who performs the estocada on himself, rather than the bull?

Korrektiv did this to a church back in July.

Statua Subito

In the Basílica de San Francisco, Mendoza, Argentina.

See also.

My brother the comedian.

Somebody hire the guy, already. (Don’t forget to turn on sound!)