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That I didn’t buy that old New Yorker in The Dawn Treader bookstore in Ann Arbor, the one with the J.D. Salinger short story. That I didn’t buy that old Esquire in La Mesa Used Books, the one with the Walker Percy essay on Bourbon. That I didn’t buy the Orson Welles poster with this image:


  1. You can actually get the essay on Bourbon by Percy.

    It’s in his collection of essays, edited by Samway, called “Signposts in a Strange land.”

    It has an essay on Abortion, as well, if memory serves.

  2. Matthew Lickona says:

    Oh, I’ve got the essay (and the book). I’m something of a Percy completist. I’m just sorry I passed on a chance to own the original.

  3. As am I…

    Do you ever feel like Mel Gibson in “Conspiracy Theory” with certain works? I can hear the husband, “But don’t you have a copy of this already?”

    Of course I do but this one has…….whatever.

  4. Matthew Lickona says:

    Oh, sure – like the “toned down” version of Brideshead that Waugh published in ’64 or so…

  5. Quin Finnegan says:

    Every time I see one of those Pocket book editions of The Second Coming (with the gold cover), I buy it. Just because it was the first thing of his that I read. If there were twenty copies on a shelf at Powell’s, I’d probably buy them all.

  6. Anonymous says:


    I’ve taken the liberty of buying the Esquire issue in question as a very modest thank you for Swimming with Scapulars, as well as your blog, both of which I enjoy very much. Email me at with a mailing address and I’ll send it along.

    Doug Cline, Indianapolis

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