Tag Archives: clinical depression

How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the apocalypse

For some reason this post from 2013 about Walker Percy’s Love in the Ruins is getting lots of traffic. That is fitting: it is an apocalyptic novel and we are coming off an apocalyptic year. Now is a great time to read this book. Apocalypses are written by prophets, and much of it has come to pass. […]

As the world burns

I usually avoid politics. I am a registered “I” (Independent or Indifferent, I don’t remember which) but I’ve reached the breaking point. Excuse me while I rant: At the Republican Convention of 2012, Clint Eastwood did a Bob Newhart-style one-sided interview with an imaginary Barack Obama, represented by an empty chair. Predictably, most of the Republicans […]

From the archives: Love in the Ruins

    For some reason this old post about an obscure book by an obscure author has been getting allot of views from search engines lately. Could it be that I am not the last Walker Percy fan left on earth? Is there renewed interest in Southern-Gothic and Bad Catholics? Or could it be the fact […]

Book Review: Walker Percy’s Love In the Ruins

Love in the Ruins, an apocalyptic comedy, was published in 1971 and takes place in what then would have been the “near future” of the early 1990’s. The place is Louisiana. The good old USA finds itself in a state of decline as liberals fight it out with conservatives, black guerrillas fight against whites, hippies living […]