Ep. 8 Tom Tobin on Walker Percy
Tom Tobin, Upper School English Teacher at Avalon, talks with me about Walker Percy's The Moviegoer, which won the 1962 National Book Award. The novel's (anti-)hero, Binx Bolling, struggles between competing worldviews, on one hand, an abstract scientism and, on the other, a more humane vision, in a way that reminds us of Dostoyevsky even as Binx's conflict speaks specifically to issues that will feel very familiar in our own time. Plus, in this episode, Tom does a convincing if brief Shelby Foote impression!
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