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Walker Percy
Critic's Notebook: In Discover Mode
Critic's Notebook: In Discover Mode

For me, summer reading has always been about freedom. Not the freedom to dumb down with mindless entertainment but the freedom to wise up, to be ambitious, to pursue the passions that, during the rest of the year, often take a backseat to the necessities of daily life. As a kid, I looked forward to summer for months in advance, not so much because I would be free of school (although that was part of it) but because I would have 13 undisturbed weeks to choose my own reading, to explore the books I wanted, rather than those that someone else assigned. Kerouac, Camus, Didion, Walker Percy, Philip Roth and Bernard Malamud: I discovered all of them in the summer, holed up in the heat, reading as...

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