Saturday
Sep242011

Walker Percy: A Writer on a Pilgrimage

The second in a series of four films on "Interesting Lives for Our Times"

A viewing of Walker Percy: A Documentary Film by Win Riley with commentary by Mr. Tom TOBIN, English Instructor

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center and the Siena Forum for Faith and Culture

ABOUT WALKER PERCY: A DOCUMENTARY FILM by Win Riley

In a rare television interview in 1980, Walker Percy said his concerns as writer were with “a theory of man, man as more than organism, more than consumer––man the wayfarer, man the pilgrim, man in transit, on a journey.” This one-hour program, entitled Walker Percy: A Documentary Film, looks at Percy’s own journey, and is framed as a narrative about his life and ideas.

As a doctor turned writer and philosopher, Percy was concerned with the big issues: “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?" But he knew his audience was inured to a direct approach. Binx Bolling, in The Moviegoer, is almost allergic to such discussions-––“...if they spoke to me of God, I would jump into the bayou”––yet he is preoccupied with what he calls ‘the search.’ It is a preoccupation that haunts all of Percy’s work.

Part of what makes Percy’s characters like Binx, Will Barrett, and Thomas More so indelible is their wry humor despite being ‘Lost in the Cosmos.’ In Percy’s fifth novel, The Second Coming, the protagonist, Will Barrett, descends into a cave, determined to confront God. He is thwarted by a toothache. For Walker, “humor was an instrument of introspection,” writer Robert Coles says in the film. “That’s what he beautifully combined: that lighthearted sensibility merged with a grave, seriously introspective side. This takes a genius.”

Walker Percy: A Documentary Film tells the story with archival film, excerpts from Percy’s work, and interviews with family, friends and scholars.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Refreshments will be served.

About this Event

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Time: 6:30pm
Location: St. Catherine of Siena Church
St. Dominic’s Hall (2nd Floor)
411 East 68th Street at 1st Avenue
New York, NY
click here for map

About the Speaker

Tom Tobin
English Instructor

VIDEO - Introduction by Tom Tobin

Invitation

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