Tag Archives: Walker Percy

Walker Percy, Prophet of the Stupid Age

Some quotes from Percy’s 1971 novel Love in the Ruins: A reflection that might apply to today: Is it that God had at last removed his blessings from the U.S.A . and what we feel now is just the clank of the old historical machinery, the sudden jerking ahead of the roller-coaster cars as the chain […]

The Collapse of American Christianity

I’m rereading Walker Percy’s Love in the Ruins which was published in 1971 but takes place in the then-near-future of the 1980s or 90s (in the novel there are self-contradictory hints to the exact year). Percy hits on several predictions: the legalization of abortion, the growth of gated communities and hollowing out of town centers, […]

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. […]

The Second Coming

I’m reposting an old review of Walker Percy’s The Second Coming. Last week I was chatting with some friends about how feelings of melancholy (or depression) seem to make the past come so vividly alive and relevant: regrets and nostalgias become so strong that one almost enjoys the pain. Which reminded me of the opening scene in this brilliant little novel: a wealthy, healthy, middle-aged […]

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: The Second Coming

In The Second Coming (1980) Walker Percy revisits Will Barrett, the main character from his 1966 novel The Last Gentleman. Will, now forty-five, hasn’t changed much over the years: still absentminded, lonely, earnest and shy, trying to do his best and generally missing the point. Having been left a fortune by his late wife (as well as having […]

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 […]