[percy-l] A comment on Here’s to Unsuicide: An Interview with Richard Powers - Los Angeles Review of Books

honeyjbc1 honeyjbc at gmail.com
Tue Jan 15 22:25:59 EST 2019

This may be a repeat. I had trouble sending this earlier. I hope it works

*From: **janetcantor37 at yahoo.com* <janetcantor37 at yahoo.com>
*Date: Jan 15, 2019 5:38 PM*
*Subject: [percy-l] Here’s to Unsuicide: An Interview with Richard Powers -
Los Angeles Review of Books*
*To: janet cantor <**honeyjbc at gmail.com* <honeyjbc at gmail.com>*>*

*Uh oh.*
*A dissenter.*

* I love animals, trees, all of G-d's creations.*
* But I look at our story.*
* It's all there in the Bible.*
*In six days and in a very specific order G-d created it all.*
*The trees and animals were here when at last G-d created man.*
*It was all there for us. We were to be those closest to the top.*

* And I see no reason to believe Percy would want to change the order of
Dominion as G-d designed it all.*

*I respect and stand in awe of the Redwoods and certainly would never want
man to exploit them into extinction.*

*Balance in nature as in all things matters and man with his brain and
experience has always to be mindful of balance in all things.*

* But I am not ready to put myself second to birds trees or even gorillas.*

* Ergo I dissent from the main idea of this beautifully written article.*

* G-d did not create a perfect universe. He obviously wanted us to sort
through and deal with the chaos.*

*Janet Cantor*

* From: "Henry P. Mills" <**wppdirector at gmail.com* <wppdirector at gmail.com>
* Date: Jan 15, 2019 4:54 AM*
* Subject: Re: [percy-l] Here’s to Unsuicide: An Interview with Richard
Powers - Los Angeles Review of Books*
* To: Percy-L <**percy-l at lists.ibiblio.org* <percy-l at lists.ibiblio.org>*>*

* Fascinating interview, Lauren. Thanks for sharing. Reminds me a bit of
Albert Schweitzer’s driving philosophy of developing “reverence for life” -
that is, reverence for all creation in the universe, from our fellow human
beings to nature itself. I don’t know Powers’ spiritual or religious
background, and those given his affinity for Percy. Anyone care to chime in
about Powers?*

* On Jan 12, 2019, at 8:35 AM, Lauren Berdy **lauren.stacy.berdy at gmail.com*
<lauren.stacy.berdy at gmail.com>*> wrote:*
* Of what use is the writer or poet unless he attains a new vision of life?
It is precisely why we read Dr Percy the innovator who helps to form the
great chain of creative literature. He didn’t sit comfortably down in the
ruins and piece together shards. Richard Powers too speaks to our human
horizon and predicament and brings in*
* Dr Percy to show how humans must “hold the gain” in their cultivated
souls. *
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