Walker Percy’s Nonfiction

Walker Percy might be best known for his fiction, especially The Moviegoer, winner of the 1962 National Book Award.  However, Walker Percy had his hand at nonfiction too, and was prolific in writing articles about southern society, psychology, and (most especially) semiotics.  Semiotics is the study of signs.  In the case of language, semiotics refers…
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The Tchefuncte Culture

In 1938, the State of Louisiana began work on a new state park just outside of Mandeville on land that had once been the Fontainebleau Plantation.  The state was planning on naming it the Tchefuncte State Park, although it was several miles from the Tchefuncte River, between the Castine and Cane bayous.  An archeological team…
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Who was Saint Tammany?

On the 22nd of December 1811, Governor William Claiborne declared by proclamation the formation of four new Louisiana parishes in the county of Feliciana in the former territory of the short-lived West Florida Republic that had been recently annexed to the United States.  Among the new divisions established was Saint Tammany Parish.  As to why Claiborne…
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Calendar Origins

It is near the end of January, the first month of a new year.  By now we should all have our new calendars hanging up, which will soon be marked up and down and scribbled with all our plans.  The calendar we use is something ubiquitous in our day-to-day activities.   By this we plot out…
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Natchez

In early autumn throngs of travelers descend upon a small town up on the bluffs of the east bank of the Mississippi River about an hour’s drive north of Baton Rouge.  This is Natchez, a picturesque town rich in history.  Its name came from a local tribe based in the area who were among the…
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