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. 🙂