The Paris Review Does Percy

How Spencer Woodman Weathered Hurricane Sandy

Keeping me company during those days was Walker Percy. I had picked his second book—The Last Gentleman—off my shelf after I recalled its strange depiction of hurricanes as philosophically rich events that visit mass existential relief upon entire populations crushed under modern malaise. For Percy, the transformative power of a hurricane lies not just in the immediate excitement, the break in routine it brings, but more so in a storm’s capacity to limit the range of human choice, its ability to deliver a whole city from the chaotic realm of the Possible back [to] the unquestioning mode of the Necessary.


  1. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    Don’t doubt it, the Great Beast of Bethlehem is coming back.

  2. Good blogging.

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