Hearing Flannery O’Connor

I think I’ve turned my friend Phyllis — with whom I went on the Flannery O’Connor pilgrimage — into a fan. Phyllis sent me a link to a blog by Shirley Showalter, who is the former president of Goshen College, where Phyllis did her undergraduate work. Showalter is also a FOC fan, and recently visited the O’Connor childhood home in Savannah. Her blog has several links, including the one of Flannery’s chicken walking backwards. Showalter also has a link to a YouTube video of Flannery reading what many consider her finest short story, A Good Man is Hard to Find.  I’d never heard Flannery’s voice before, and listening to the YouTube video is a rare treat. It’s also different to hear a story than to read it, so if you’ve read any of the short stories at all, you’ll enjoy hearing this one out loud.

The chicken video is flat-out hilarious. 🙂



2 thoughts on “Hearing Flannery O’Connor

  1. for Phyllis: Oftentimes, when I anticipate something for a long time, the experience falls short of my idealized idea of what it’s going to be. Our trip was the opposite — so much more than I could have hoped. First of all it gave our friendship what I call “a good watering” — necessary since we can’t just run out to breakfast on Park Ave. any more. Then I got to see you and Art in the context of your life there, especially Brookgreen and dinner with your friends and the book party. Then, the Flannery O’Connor pilgrimage was enormously moving. I got a better sense of her, and of her mother — both handed a dark turn in life that took them in directions they might not have wanted, but they made a life out of it. I can only admire these two strong women. Thank you, dear friend, for a wonderful, wonderful time.

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