Sunday, February 22, 2015

Flannery O’Connor Reads “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

Flannery O’Connor: Southern writer,
devout Catholic. As with Shirley Jackson
in her unflinching prose, the horror
is in the humanity.
Only here on my blog will you find Flannery O’Connor taking her rightful place as a Woman in Horror during Women in Horror Month. That’s because O’Connor has been ghettoized in that most loathed and avoided of ghettos, Literary Fiction. Only old-school English majors like myself would know anything about her.

As an English major, I can say there’s no defending that ghetto, nor any blame for people properly hating it. But don’t throw out Flannery O’Connor with the dull, tepid bathwater of American Litra-chure. Let O’Connor’s tale of a family’s encounter with a serial killer and his gang settle the argument.
For more details on the recording, and some quotes about O’Connor as an author, the Open Culture post from which I poached this recording is here.