Lost In The Cosmos

Lost In The Cosmos

Book - 1983
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Walker Percy's mordantly funny and wholly original contribution to the self-help book craze deals with the Western mind's tendency toward heavy abstraction. This favorite of Percy fans continues to charm and beguile readers of all tastes and backgrounds. Lost in the Cosmos invites us to think about how we communicate with our world.
Publisher: New York Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1983
ISBN: 9780374191665
0374191662

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neherring
Jul 18, 2011

Regarding the fear of public speaking: "Is it because you know that what you present to the world is a persona, a mask, that it is a very fragile disguise, that God alone knows what is underneath since you clearly do not..." (p 30)

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neherring
Jul 18, 2011

"Why is it that no other species but man gets bored? Under the circumstances in which a man gets bored, a dog goes to sleep." (p 71)

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lukasevansherman
Aug 05, 2014

"Boredom is the self stuffed with itself." The great Southern writer Walker Percy wrote some of the best novels of the second half of the 20th century, including "The Moviegoer" and "Lancelot," and was also instrumental in getting "A Confederacy of Dunces" published. Perhaps lesser known is his non-ficiton. This volume, cheekily subtitled "The Last Self-Help Book," takes on weighty topics like God, art, the self, boredom, sex, and science. Percy brings great erudition (without being pretentious), wit, and insight to these big themes, deftly weaving in philosophical ideas with droll commentary on contemporary society. The title is a play on Carl Sagan's show/book "Cosmos." Though released in the early 80s, it has lost little of its relevance or impact.

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