[percy-l] PS: Forwarded for Karey Perkins: SAMLA Percy session

robert.g.eckert at us.army.mil robert.g.eckert at us.army.mil
Thu May 3 23:58:17 EDT 2007

Percy visit 2050

Somewhere an interviewer asked Percy about living again at another time--something like that. As I recall he said he would not like to live again, but to visit, for 1/2 an hour in NYC with a radio to see how we are doing.

What will he find?

That is a worthy question.

Everything I have been reading lately points to a not so good prognosis.

Fourth generation war is not the comfortable mutual assured destruction of third generation war. 

By 2050, IT might actually happen. That is, WMD will have hit CONUS.

I hope that NYC Central Park bench still exists for Percy to make his brief visit on.

The enemy we face today is far different from the Soviet threat.

That love in the ruins may occur.

 - Spc Robert Eckert
   172 Chemical Corp   
   Ft., Riley, KS  66442

----- Original Message -----
From: Karey <karey at kareyperkins.com>
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2007 10:59
Subject: [percy-l] PS:   Forwarded for Karey Perkins: SAMLA Percy session
To: "'Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion'" <percy-l at lists.ibiblio.org>

> PS:  The deadline for abstracts has been extended to May 30, 2007, 
> as SAMLA
> has extended it.  
>  _____  
> From: percy-l-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:percy-l-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Henry Mills
> Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 10:10 PM
> To: percy-l
> Subject: [percy-l] Forwarded for Karey Perkins: SAMLA Percy session
> Percy fellows:
> I will be chairing a session at the annual convention of the South 
> AtlanticModern Language Association (see topic below).  Am seeking 
> papers on the
> topic: "Walker Percy Today" -  that topic should be broad enough 
> to fit many
> different Percy interests.  I think Percy is relevant today - but 
> somehow is
> not included in college curricula as much as he should be!  Some 
> of the
> suggestions came from listserv observations, as you can see below -
> Nikki
> compared Lancelot to a Jihadist; someone here (don't remember who) 
> alsonoted LIR echoed Katrina.
> Just e-mail a one-page abstract to me at karey1 at charter.net by May 
> 15.  The
> SAMLA website is  http://www.samla.org  <http://www.samla.org/>
> <http://www.samla.org/>  (or http://samla.gsu.edu  
> <http://samla.gsu.edu/><http://samla.gsu.edu/> ) with the 
> conference information - November 9-11,
> 2007, in Atlanta, at the Renaissance Hotel downtown.
> I would love to see some of you at the conference, at the session, 
> or giving
> your paper for the session!  We've conversed over the years, and 
> though I
> have been silent lately (attempting to diligently finish a 
> dissertationbefore I pontificate on a listserv.), hopefully, we'll 
> be able to reconnect
> and meet!
> Karey Perkins
> Senior Professor of English, DeVry University
> Alpharetta, Georgia
> Topic:  Walker Percy, an honorary memory of SAMLA, is sometimes 
> considered"merely" a topical writer and, in the 17 years since his 
> death, seems to
> have faded from the literary landscape.  College literature 
> courses, even
> those on southern literature, only infrequently include Percy's 
> writing.How is Percy relevant to us today?  Does his study of 
> symbol and language
> have anything to offer linguists, philosophers, or anthropologists 
> today?Are his dystopian science fiction novels, his social 
> satires, and his social
> parodies out-of-date - or was he a prescient visionary, still 
> current today
> and in the future?  Possible topics include, but are not limited 
> to, the
> similarities between the psychology of Lancelot and a modern day 
> terrorist;Love in the Ruins as a description of the chaos and 
> racial divide in New
> Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; the Knotheads and the LEFTPAPAS 
> forecastingthe political divide in America today; More's 
> lapsometer in Love in the
> Ruins and patient medication in The Second Coming echoing the 
> popularity of
> Prozac and other anti-depressants today. One-page abstracts sent 
> to Karey
> Perkins at karey1 at charter.net by May 15, 2007.  Complete papers 
> should be no
> more than ten pages or 20 minutes to read.
> Whoops - was it Rich Gray who first noticed Lancelot as a 
> jihadist? I went
> back through the archives and perhaps it was.  At any rate, my re-
> reading of
> Lancelot confirmed that perspective - Lancelot has the psychology 
> of a
> terrorist in every way.
> Karey
> ------ End of Forwarded Message

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