By Walker Percy
Walker Percy's mordantly humorous and utterly unique contribution to the self-help e-book craze bargains with the Western mind's tendency towards heavy abstraction. This favourite of Percy enthusiasts keeps to attraction and beguile readers of all tastes and backgrounds. Lost within the Cosmos invitations us to consider how we speak with our world.
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She is a child. I hope she realizes she still has viable options. DONAHUE: How about it, Penny? PENNY: No, I want to have my baby. DONAHUE: Why? PENNY: I think babies are neat. DONAHUE: Oh boy. DR . : Studies have shown that unwanted babies suffer 85 percent more child abuse and 150 percent more neuroses later in life. DONAHUE (striding): Okay, now what have we got here? Wait. What’s going on? There is an interruption. Confusion at the rear of the studio. Heads turn. Three strangers, dressed outlandishly, stride down the aisle.
You will know what to say, he told them. Did he imply that it is easier to talk to enemies than to friends and that the real problem arises when one is required to address one’s fellow Christians in the church at Corinth? (5)The Fearful Self (II): Why the Self is so Afraid of Being Stuck with Another Self JOHNNY CARSON, WHEN QUESTIONED about his aplomb on the stage before a TV audience of millions, replied: Sure, I’m at ease up here—because I’m in control—but when I’m at a cocktail party and caught in a one-on-one conversation: panic city!
PENNY: Oh, sure. They’re right over there—you can ask them. (Camera pans over audience, settling on a couple with mild, pleasant faces. It is evident that on the whole they are not displeased with being on TV) DONAHUE: Okay. So you mean you didn’t know about taking precautions— DR . F. (breaking in): Now, that’s what I mean, Phil. DONAHUE: What’s that, Doc? DR. : About the crying need for sex education in our schools. Now if this child— PENNY: Oh, I had all that stuff at Ben Franklin. DONAHUE: You mean you knew about the pill and the other, ah— PENNY: I had been on the pill for a year.