Skip to content

Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Thanatos Syndrome: Walker Percy's final novel

Commonweal / November 1987 * * * The Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy Farrar Straus Giroux, New York. 1987, 372 pp * * * reviewed by Jim Forest Walker Percy is southern and Catholic, Kurt Vonnegut northern and secular, not minor differences, but perhaps they recognize each other as relatives. Both are inclined to use […]

Remembering Ivy Troutman

by Jim Forest As a boy growing up in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, I added to my dollar-a-week allowance by delivering morning and evening newspapers. My most remarkable customer was Ivy Troutman, who in earlier years had played starring roles in many Broadway productions and also been in at least one silent movie in 1915. […]

Mazes & Labyrinths

by Jim Forest Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turn before we have learnt to walk. — Cyril Connolly What could be more delightful than to have in the same few minutes all the fascinating terrors of going abroad combined with all the humane security of coming home again? — G.K. […]

Two days with Patriarch Kirill before he was patriarch

Patriarch Kirill, presiding bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, has been trashed in many columns, editorials, news reports and blog postings lately, portrayed as corrupt, vengeful, un-Christian, President Putin’s dance partner, etc. Few of those making these and similar charges seem to have met him or even to know much about Russia or the Orthodox […]