Tuesday, August 30, 2022

A third choice …

When Culture Celebrated Men and Their Search for God.

This kind of God-infused theme runs throughout American literature, from Moby Dick, which is as much a metaphysical pilgrimage as a hunting story, to the spiritually charged novels of Walker Percy like Love in the Ruins and The Thanatos Syndrome. Holden Caulfield was not a high school dropout roaming around New York getting drunk and looking for prostitutes; he was a traumatized young man tenuously holding on to his sanity and trying to find some kind of religious moral stability in a world of corruption. Could Dean Moriarty in On the Road, a book that Jack Kerouac described as “two guys out looking for God,” really be compared to Ben Stiller in “Dodgeball”? 

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