PERSPECTIVEn’^ •- ^.M ‘nr> ‘>’ ^’ ‘^ .#’/•ntmn^lu^nPhysician as NovelistnornWhy the Best Training for a Novehst in These Last Years of then20th Century is an Internship at Bellevue or Cook CountynHospital, and How This Training Best Prepares Him fornDiagnosing T.S. EHot’s ‘Waste Land’nBut let us speak of vocations. What one ends up doingnwith one’s life is surely one of God’s mysteries. And angood deal of luck, good luck and bad luck, is involved as wellnas, I firmly believe, God’s providence.nWho among us is doing what he, she, dreamed of doingnwhen he, she, was 8, 12, 16? Perhaps it is just as well we arennot. At 12 I wanted to fly the Pacific because Lindbergh hadnflown the Atiantic.nI’d like to share with you some of the misfortunes,nWalker Percy is the author of The Moviegoer, The LastnGenfleman, and The Thanatos Syndrome. He was thenwinner of the 1988 T.S. Eliot Award, for which this wasnhis acceptance speech.n10/CHRONICLESnby Walker Percynnnpeculiar turns of fate, and finally the piece of luck or DivinenProvidence, as the case may be, by which I turned out doingnwhat I am doing, something that had never occurred to mento do, not once in my wildest dreams, but that I like doing,nnot because I do it all that well but because I amnincompetent doing anything else.nGrowing up, I was a reluctant attendant at Sunday schoolnand a secret devotee of science, or what I took to be science.nMy favorite writer in my teens was H.G. Wells, who believednthat all events in the cosmos, even human history, cannbe explained by natural science, and a rather crude sciencenat that.nActually it is not a bad way to grow up in the 20thncentury, an age that will certainly be known — if wen