[percy-l] Hello!

Beck, David A dabeck at iupui.edu
Mon Jul 4 15:46:30 EDT 2011


In addition to Nikki's recommendations, I suggest In Search of Self: 
Life, Death, and Walker Percy by Jerome Taylor. It's probably 
out-of-print, but you should be able to find used copies or a copy at a 
library. Taylor focuses on the Percy/SK connection. It was helpful to 
me when I was doing my grad work.

Have fun! It's a worthy pursuit.


Quoting Garic Barranger <nikkibar at aol.com>:

> Dear Troy,
> Please feel free to lurk as much as you'd like.
> Although Walker was a good friend of mine, I've never gotten into his
> closeness to SK per se. Talking to him about SK would tend to make
> him somewhat depressed so we stayed away from those dark parts of the
> woods in our conversations. Likewise Heidegger.
>  You might like to have a look at his other closeness to Charles
> Sanders Peirce by looking into Ken Ketner's exchange of letters with
> Walker called A Thief of Peirce. If that piques your interest, check
> out Ketner's other book His Glassy Essence.  Ketner is the world's
> preeminent authority  on Peirce and teaches at the University of
> Lubbock. Ken is/was as close to Walker in the philosophy mode as you
> can come; so if you are interested in that side of Walker as a
> pathway into SK, you couldn't do better than to contact him. His
> e-dress is above.
> Nikki Barranger
> nikkibar at aol.com
> On Jul 4, 2011, at 12:27 PM, Troy Smith wrote:
>> Hi,
>> This is Troy Smith of Baltimore, MD. I am a Master's of Library
>> Science student at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and in the
>> past year I have become enthralled by the works of Søren
>> Kierkegaard. It was through him that I recently rediscovered Walker
>> Percy. (I have only read The Moviegoer, a book which, after reading
>> Kierkegaard, seems all the more vital to me in hindsight.) Ever
>> since I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2005, I have kicked
>> around the idea of going to graduate school for a degree in English
>> literature, but always balked because I could not commit to writing
>> a thesis or (maybe even) a dissertation on one particular author or
>> book. It was the classic existential paradox of being "condemned to
>> be free." Anyway, that changed for me when, after reading many other
>> authors, I finally read Kierkegaard and decided that I would commit
>> myself to studying him. I do not, however, have even a bachelor's in
>> philosophy, so it would probably take quite a lot of additional
>> coursework in order to study S.K. at the graduate level. What I do
>> have is a bachelor's in English literature and a serious passion for
>> the discipline, so, when I learned of the several Southern authors
>> influenced by S.K. (Percy, Faulkner, O'Connor), I decided that I
>> would write a thesis on one, some, or all of them and their
>> connections to Kierkegaard. So that's my long-winded explanation for
>> why I'll be observing. This spring I'll be applying for library jobs
>> and M.A. programs at universities with strong programs in Southern
>> literature and professors who write about Percy, Faulkner, and
>> O'Connor, especially vis-à-vis S.K. In the meantime, I'll be reading
>> Percy and lurking around here. I hope you won't mind!
>> Best wishes,
>> Troy Smith
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