Still Lost in the Cosmos: Loyola’s Walker Percy Center hosts its second bi-annual conference this weekend

The Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing at Loyola University New Orleans will host its second bi-annual Percy-themed conference this weekend: “Still Lost in the Cosmos: Walker Percy and the 21st Century.” The conference takes place Friday and  Saturday,…

Walker Percy roundup: Revisiting the 1962 NBA scandal, weathering Sandy with The Last Gentleman, and the second Percy conference at Loyola

Some of the web’s more prominent book publications have had Walker Percy on the mind lately. First, at Slate, Benjamin Hedin takes a look at the 1962 National Book Award committee’s decision to give Percy’s The Moviegoer top prize, cementing the New Orleanian’s status…

Zach Galifianakis to play Ignatius J. Reilley

From New York magazine’s Culture Vulture: “When Fortuna spins you downward, go out to a movie and get more out of life.” — Ignatius J. Reilly, A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole’s posthumously Pulitzer Prize–winning novel may finally be…

A scarred love letter from abroad: A Dutch art collective’s smart book on Southern Gothic

By Nathan C. Martin Discussed in this essay: To Live in the South One Has to Be a Scar Lover by Maaike Gouwenberg and Joris Lindhout (eds.), published by 1646. A long and varied body of literature, film, and theory…

Walker Percy documentary premiers tonight on PBS

I’m sure many of you are currently engrossed in Ken Burns’ sweeping account of prohibition America (my friend said she was watching Part I of it last night in New York, but I don’t have a television so I really…