Could this be a Walker Percy redux 2019?
This article lives again thanks to an article featured in New Yorker Magazine online, entitled “We Still Live Within the Mediated-Alienated-World of the Moviegoer.
Who is Walker Percy?
Walker Percy, Obl.S.B. (May 28, 1916 – May 10, 1990) was an American author from Covington, Louisiana, whose interests included philosophy and semiotics. Percy is known for his philosophical novels set in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, the first of which, The Moviegoer, won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. He devoted his literary life to the exploration of “the dislocation of man in the modern age.”His work displays a combination of existential questioning, Southern sensibility, and deep Catholic faith.”
My first introduction to Walker Percy was the Second Coming. The prose captured me immediately, beautifully spare. The story of a conventional life for protagonist William “Bib” Barrett in midlife spiritual crisis resonated with so many in search of greater meaning to this thing called life.
Without reservation, I highly recommend Walker Percy to anyone interested in quality contemporary American Fiction.