[percy-l] Several mentions of Percy
janetcantor37 at yahoo.com
janetcantor37 at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 29 09:25:08 EST 2014
Dear Dr. Mills,The article is linked in my letter. All they had to do was click on the title and it shows up as in the original.But thanks.I wrote my book. It is being corrected and copyrighted now. Someone has expressed interest in it and I hope that gets it to a publisher. But if that doesn't pan out, I will simply self publish on Amazon.It turned out to be better than I expected. I thought it was going to be a trifle, a bit of fun and and some adventures I had. But it turned out to be scholarly a bit as well and with some serious content relating to our time.The Jay Tolson section is fabulous. He wrote me some of the most extraordinary letters. It may be the best thing in the book and that's saying something because I wrote lots of famous people and got some remarkable answers. There is also a bit of Shakespeare and a long section of letters between National Book Award winner, Carlos Eire and me. Professor Eire volunteered to write a forward, and that was BEFORE he knew that I wanted to include some of his letters.Hope you are well.Janet
From: Henry Mills <wppdirector at gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2014 9:15 AM
Subject: Re: [percy-l] Several mentions of Percy
Thanks for sending these Percy items through the list, Janet. For those interested, the article link is:
On 12/29/14 12:04 AM, janetcantor37--- via Percy-L wrote:
I am highlighting excerpts, but if you want to read the whole thing, click on the title.
To Carry the Fire
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE DECEMBER 17, 2014 11:00 PM To Carry the Fire
By Ian Tuttle .... The End is always nigh, but it seems to be more nigh than usual of late....
“Nothing is easier,” wrote Walker Percy in his essay “Notes for a Novel about the End of the World,” “than to set up as a two-bit hippie Cassandra crying havoc in bad verse.....
In the essay on apocalyptic fiction mentioned above, Walker Percy (who, one might note, wrote at least one such tale, Love in the Ruins, subtitle: “The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World”) concludes: “Perhaps it is only through the conjuring up of catastrophe, the destruction of all Exxon signs, and the sprouting of vines in the church pews, that the novelist can make vicarious use of catastrophe in order that he and his reader may come to themselves.”....
By way of comparison, consider not our prophets “in reverse” (as Percy calls apocalyptic authors), but a prophet of the more common type...
..... the apocalyptic novel as envisioned by Percy, “‘religious’ in its root sense as signifying a radical bond, as the writer sees it, which connects man with reality — or the failure of such a bond — and so confers meaning to his life — or the absence of meaning.” The apocalyptic novel, in its highest form, is God-haunted.
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