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  • From: "Karl M. Terrell" <kterrell AT>
  • To: "Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion" <percy-l AT>
  • Subject: RE: [percy-l] New reader
  • Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2004 17:58:10 -0400

I envy you for the personal letter you received from Percy. I once
wrote a letter to the man, many years ago, but lost my nerve and never
sent it. I hope I threw it away. I imagine I would be embarrassed to
read the thing if, while rummaging, it turns up one day.


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert_Pauley AT [mailto:Robert_Pauley AT]
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2004 9:11 PM
To: percy-l AT
Subject: RE: [percy-l] New reader


I agree heartily. I came upon Percy one day in a funk in the Blue Ridge
mountains of North Carolina reading about Will Barrett in a funk in the
Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It couldn't have been a more
perfect "man on the train" moment. Second Coming remains my favorite,
the sweetest of his books I believe. I really think I got through that
year because of Percy -- every page was laughter rich with recognitions.
I wrote Percy and told him this, and the gentleman wrote me back, a
nice, long letter.

Rip P.

-----Original Message-----
From: percy-l-bounces AT
[mailto:percy-l-bounces AT] On Behalf Of Karl M. Terrell
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2004 5:51 PM
To: Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion; Percy-L: Literary
and Philosophical Discussion
Subject: Re: [percy-l] New reader

* * This communication is CONFIDENTIAL * *

I have enjoyed the few entries I've read here over the past few months
since joining in. Anything to do with Percy fascinates me. However, I
must confess, my interest has little to do with Percy's language theory
(at least not the technical aspects thereof), nor am I that interested
in the 'Catholic' issues (I am much too 'lapsed' in this area, as are
many of Percy's protagonists).

I am, instead, simply a fan of his magnificently fluid prose, his
trenchant observations on human nature, and his characters who -- while
dangerously alienated -- have struck me always as satisfyingly in tune
with the rhythm of life as it ought to be. Also, as a Southerner
introduced to Percy when I was a student at Chapel Hill 30 years ago, I
feel very much at home with Mr. Percy.

Binx Bolling was my Holden Caulfield. His later heroes were mine in my
later life.

I would enjoy hearing from Percy afficianados of similar ilk.



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