Lost in the Cosmos

Lost in the Cosmos

The Last Self-help Book

Book - 1983
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Baker & Taylor
A distinguished novelist presents his observations on the cosmos, the self, the relationship between them, and present and prospective events, circumstances, and developments affecting that relationship

McMillan Palgrave
Percy's second work of non-fiction is provocative, funny, infuriating and engaging, answering such questions as, why is it possible to learn more in ten minutes about the Crab Nebula, which is 6,000 light years away, than you presently know about yourself?

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, c1983
ISBN: 9780374191658
Characteristics: 262 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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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)

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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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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