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Jessica Hooten Wilson

Articles & Essays

The Virtues of On Reading Well

In 2012, a writer for The Atlantic brought to readers’ attention the decline of virtues in our vocabulary. Over the last hundred years, people were writing less and less about sincerity, patience, or mercy. Researchers noticed a sharp decline in “virtue words”: “People simply do not think/talk/write about…
October 12, 2018
Book Reviews

The Truth about Happiness

As an undergraduate I read Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics for the first time. Sitting in the metal desk with its foldable table, my pen ready, my book open, and a fresh page in my spiral notebook, I was prepared to glean wisdom from my professor on this classic…
Articles & Essays

Has “Freedom” Lost its Ring?

What to do when the leader of the free world expresses envy and admiration of an authoritarian dictator? Following the North Korea–United States summit, President Trump said of Kim Jong-Un, “He is the head of a country, and I mean he is the strong head. . . . He…
Articles & Essays

Living as an Ex-Suicide

"The only cure for depression is suicide.” Walker Percy was not joking when he penned this line. The author himself was a survivor of suicide—though he did not attempt it. His grandfather and father both shot themselves at home; his mother either intentionally or not…

Interview with the Deep South Magazine

Reading Walker Percy on the Beach by Erin Z. Bass An interview with Jessica Hooten Wilson about her new book Reading Walker Percy’s Novels, a companion guide to the intellectual Southern writer.  Louisiana writer Walker Percy considered novels the strongest tool with which to popularize great…