So encouraging, refreshing to see some still asking the hard questions. Percy is a great example, an inspiration to those that have the interest, courage and willingness to go out on a limb on the remote chance of locating the pulse and promise life as it is lived, the big things we sense but do not apprehend, and understanding how and why it is
Originally posted on Modern Letters:
A great scientist once said that genius consists not in making great discoveries but in seeing the connection between small discoveries.
The final weeks at university were marked by one thing in common: Walker Percy’s Lost in the Cosmos. After I spent weeks pouring over it as my muse for a theory of literature I was writing (the final paper in my literary criticism class) I came to the following conclusion. I am thoroughly convinced that university presidents should take up the practice of handing a book of Walker Percy’s essays to every college graduate when they get their degree, with a smile of compassion, a pat on the back, and a “You might need this- it’s a strange world out there.”