Walker Percy on Bourbon

Do savor this marvelous essay by the master of alienated existentialism. Don’t be scared by the fancy words. Here’s a sample to convince you:

I can hardly tell one Bourbon from another, unless the other is very bad. Some bad Bourbons are even more memorable than good ones. For example, I can recall being broke with some friends in Tennessee and deciding to have a party and being able to afford only two-fifths of a $1.75 Bourbon called Two Natural, whose label showed dice coming up 5 and 2. Its taste was memorable. The psychological effect was also notable. After knocking back two or three shots over a period of half an hour, the three male drinkers looked at each other and said in a single voice: ‘Where are the women?’ I have not been able to locate this remarkable Bourbon since.

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4 thoughts on “Walker Percy on Bourbon

  1. I have devoured every Walker Percy book, with the exception of one that I cannot locate. I am truly thankful for his writings, they have been a blessing/encouragement to me in countless ways.

    I am sure he was one of the writers Buechner was referring to when he made his comment about a “sacramental worldview.”

  2. I’m with you, Burwell. I’ve read it all with the exception of Message in a Bottle. I’ve read part of that.

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