[percy-l] gay marriage

Robert_Pauley at oxy.com Robert_Pauley at oxy.com
Tue Aug 12 21:07:58 EDT 2003

I don't think "totally" is the right adverb for any Walker Percy
position. He was too intellectually supple. Remember his piece on
abortion in the New York Times -- ... "Something to displease both
sides." I believe he would have found a way to deconstruct the moral and
semantic choplogic of "gay marriage" while allowing for the truth of gay
love as a personal bond, and of society's need to accept this, short of
formal social or religious sanctification. He would, again, have
displeased both sides.  
Best, RP  

	-----Original Message-----
	From: percy-l-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:percy-l-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of James Piat
	Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 4:59 PM
	To: Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion
	Subject: Re: [percy-l] gay marriage
	Dear Phil,
	I think we are all very much products of our circumstances  --
and tend to get more conservative as we age. Of his writings I like
Percy's essays the most, and The Movie Goer more than The Thanatos
Syndrome.  I'm not so sure Percy would be totally against gay marriage
were he around today.  Times change; people change.  
	Regards from Atlanta

		I think Percy would be totally against gay marriage. But
that's why I'm glad I don't walk around wearing a "WWPD?" wrist band. I
think he was definitely a product of his time and place, and his later
novels particularly illustrate his out-of-place feeling in the 1970's.
And didn't it seem like he became more conservative and doctrinaire as
he grew older? It's been a while since I've read Percy, but I remember
The Thanatos Syndrome being a lot more "preachy" than his early
		Regards from Chapel Hill,

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