I’m Walk(er)ing to New Orleans
The Walker Percy Center’s Inaugural Conference is October 14-16. It’s kind of late notice, but I’d really like to go. Unfortunately, it’s in New Orleans, and I fear Marie won’t let me slip away without a fight.
I once wrote a fair amount about Percy. I was working on a chapter for a book project (the same book that produced the Russell Kirk article for Touchstone that I’ve linked to a dozen times and the Orestes Brownson blurbs that I’ve been sprinkling here over the past few months). I’ll have to see if I can find any of those Percy drafts and post them.
Jay Tolson’s Percy bio, incidentally, is highly recommended.
The dollar is cheapening, but single women are getting cheaper: “Women are jumping into the sack faster and with fewer expectations about long-term commitments than ever, effectively discounting the ‘price’ of sex to a record low, according to social psychologists.” [The story is at the New York Post, but I’m not going to provide the link, since the site prompted a “malware/virus” warning on my computer.] * * * * * * * I’ll have to start flying Southwest: “A lesbian actress who starred in ‘The L-Word’ says she was escorted off of a Southwest Airlines flight for kissing her girlfriend.” Link. * * * * * * * There definitely seems to be a “race to the rhetorical bottom” among the panic crowd. The guy in this video, which was broadcast at the BBC, might take the cake. “This economic crisis is like a cancer, if you just wait and wait hoping it is going to go away, just like a cancer it is going to grow and it will be too late!” Link. I Googled the guy’s name and nothing came up. It appears this interview is his sole claim to fame, though I’m assuming the BBC engages in at least a little merit screening before it puts folks on the air.