“How my friend Maria joined the Sacred Order of the Very 1970s Catholic Social Apocalypse/Baseball Novel.”

The Awl discovers Catholic end-times literature.


  1. Southern Expat says

    Interesting! Had you heard of this book before?

  2. I had to read this book in high school, believe it or not. Dreadful dreadful dreadful dreadful. At least I thought so at the time. I often thought of it when I read Love in the Ruins for the first time. At first as I began Love in the Ruins, I thought, “I’ve been here before.” When I realized that it was The Last Western I was thinking about, its flaws became all the more apparent.

    I wonder if I still have my copy around here somewhere…


    • Matthew Lickona says

      That is so fantastic that you had to read this book in high school. Percy For the Win.

    • Jonathan Potter says

      Wow. I’m amazed and concerned. I was going to romp right over to ABE and order me up a copy, but now maybe not.

      I had to read Johnny Got His Gun and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in high school. They were both quite excellent, I thought. Prior to that I never had to read anything, and I pretty much didn’t. That’s what they called education in those days.

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