[percy-l] "Living as an Ex-Suicide" by JESSICA HOOTEN WILSON

Henry P. Mills wppdirector at gmail.com
Tue Jun 19 11:43:23 EDT 2018

Dear Percy-L:

For your reading interest.

All best,
Henry Mills
Percy-L Administrator

Living as an Ex-Suicide
by JESSICA HOOTEN WILSON <http://www.libertylawsite.org/author/jessica-hooten-wilson/>
JUNE 15, 2018

Opening paragraphs:
“The only cure for depression is suicide.” Walker Percy was not joking when he penned this line. The author himself was a survivor of suicide—though he did not attempt it. His grandfather and father both shot themselves at home; his mother either intentionally or not drove off of a bridge and drowned; and the first American Percy, Charles Percy, tied a kettle to his neck and also drowned.
Unlike his ancestors, Walker Percy lived a full life and died of prostate cancer at 74 years old. Why did they die but he lived? Because Percy chose to be a survivor, to find out not only why his father took his own life, but, as he put it, “to make damn sure it didn’t happen to [him].” This determination fueled his work. Percy wrote novel after novel trying to solve what Albert Camus called the only philosophical question, to be or not to be….
http://www.libertylawsite.org/2018/06/15/living-as-an-ex-suicide-walker-percy/ <http://www.libertylawsite.org/2018/06/15/living-as-an-ex-suicide-walker-percy/>

Keywords: Anthony Bourdain <http://www.libertylawsite.org/tag/anthony-bourdain/>, anxiety <http://www.libertylawsite.org/tag/anxiety/>, depression <http://www.libertylawsite.org/tag/depression/>, Kate Spade <http://www.libertylawsite.org/tag/kate-spade/>, suicide <http://www.libertylawsite.org/tag/suicide/>, Walker Percy <http://www.libertylawsite.org/tag/walker-percy/>

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