“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.


No comments yet»

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: