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fresno dave:
Exile and everyone: PS to my post above.
 Now I am more intrigued by the "Answer-Phone" in Walker Percy.

-- "Pray to God the Bantus don't search me and take my Anser=Phone"
It also makes me think of Unknown Caller:   "How could he use the Anser-Phone?  He had no transmitter and no way of knowing our frequency":
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From a review of the Percy book:
--Also someone mentioned they were sure EBW had a mental illness connection.
Read Walker Percy! A copy of “Love in the Ruins” costs about–what?–15 dollars which is way cheaper than a therapist appointment or reading the collected works of Freud. And it will help your soul much more.

“Lost in the Ruins” tells the story about Thomas More, a medical doctor in a futuristic and broken America. There is a race war about to erupt, the churches have fallen apart, both political parties are polarized, gated communities exist side-by-side with the communally homeless who have dropped out–hence the ruins of the the title. Yet, Thomas More seems to be the only one who notices that this world is going crazy. In the past, More has struggled with depression and been committed to a medical facility. It is then that he notes that the patients actually seem less neurotic or damaged than those outside who are wearing their ‘false faces’ or going through the motions.

There is a lot going on in this book. There’s an ‘A’ plot dealing with More’s determination to fall in love–or not; a ‘B’ plot regarding his invention which can diagnose as well as treat mental issues; and a ton of lesser plots. More (and the author) is a Christian, so there’s a great deal of Christian anthropology shot through this novel. More (and Percy, again!) is a physician–so he brings a clinical eye to the narration. On top of that, the novel, though portraying a broken society and broken people, is funny in a wicked kind of way. So, if you have struggled with depression or been close to anyone that has–this novel has been there and back. If you are tired by life and just have the blues, Percy’s prose provides an antidote. Stop reading the internet, turn off the tv, don’t answer the phone and curl up with “Love in the Ruins” as if you are spending time with an old friend.
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briscoetheque:
Pretty sure it's about Jesus.

mdmomof7:
You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginPretty sure it's about Jesus.

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I thought this initially. He (the singer/Bono) can't hear Jesus because he's too busy preaching himself.

All this other stuff is fascinating, though.  :)

miryclay:
preaching? no...

The connection in the article to Every Grain of Sand is excellent. 

qiinoM:
not in response to the previous conversation, just something i noticed:

in ' every breaking wave':
'like every broken wave on the shore
this is as far as i could reach'

has despair in it, defeat.

in a song written later, ordinary love, the very same image of waves reaching the shore pops up again but holds a different feeling:
'the sea wants to kiss the golden shore'

the waves are no longer reaching the shore in defeat, broken. they now feel like they're kissing the shore. the newfound positivity confirmed by 'all the beauty that's been lost before, wants to find us again'.

in the same vein, every breaking wave speaks of 'every falling leaf' that winter wouldn't leave alone. an image that reminds me of the biblical image of being grafted into a tree (or being 'dead wood' that gets cast out, like a falling leaf).

whereas in ordinary love they seem so very 'grafted in' that they can even build their house in the tree ( an image that reminds me of yet another song, wild honey, where the lovers swinged through the trees - which easily leads to 'but where are you in the cedars of lebanon'. it never ends does it ;-)

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