“Compassion is a word that sounds good in anybody’s mouth”


This is Flannery O’Connor reading “Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction.” I had never heard her voice before – until this evening – though she has been one of my favourite writers since junior high school – for different reasons as the years have passed.

Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one.


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