0 thoughts on “Lost in the Cosmos

  1. I have read and reread this book half a dozen times. No doubt that number will reach a dozen or more during the course of my lifetime. It is, first of all, absolutely hilarious: a subtler, non-narrative, written precursor to “I Heart Huckabees.” Who are we? Why are we here? What is the problem of the Self and how do we resolve it?

    These questions are presented as both ridiculous and fundamental, a cause for laughter, sadness, and reflection. I remember wanting to cry and scream for joy when I fir

  2. The irony of the self-help genre is that its main function is to provide non-self-originating help those who can’t help themselves. Or in rather kinder terms, to “help people who can’t help themselves”. It is ironic both in the name, “self-help”, which is a typically attractive advertising inaccuracy, and in its goal, which is to help the self gain control over some area of its life, rather than help the self know itself in any meaningful way. Percy has written a book to help the self know that

  3. Capsule Review: Don’t Read Walker Percy. Ever.

    Longer Review: If somebody recommends this book (or any other of his books) to you, rest assured that that he will one day soon try to convince you that the Eagles really are rock n’ roll. Afterwards, he will probably inflict some of his “poetry” on you. You know the kind of stuff I mean: four-line stanzas in ABAB that will inevitably rhyme the words “pain” with “insane,” “soul” with “hole,” “heart” with “apart,” and “feel” with “unreal.” Luckily, th

  4. Walker Percy accomplishes many things in this book. He is able to provide a devastating critique of self-help and its ultimate ineffectiveness. He is able to show, “How you can survive in the Cosmos about which you know more and more while knowing less and less about yourself, this despite 10,000 self-help books, 100,000 psychotherapists, and 100 million fundamentalist Christians”. Finally, he is able to show the ultimate ineffectiveness of the technocracy of the day to fulfill the needs of the

  5. You have just finished Walker Percy’s Lost in the Cosmos. You are prompted to give a brief review on the book. You describe the book as
    1.) A unique and alternative way of storytelling, befitting roughly of your zeitgeist, with a tinge of satire and elbow ribbing, but ultimately a humorous book. Yes, it grapples with spiritual and metaphysical questions still unanswered in modern society, but it does not offer answers. Its primary function is to be funny, entertaining.
    2.) It is a spiritually wh

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