Thursday, March 25, 2010
My Friend Flannery
If you've read ole Flan, you know straight off that she's TAH-WISTED! In fact, whenever I teach an Intro to Lit class I ALWAYS teach O'Connor because I love seeing the tops of their little heads pop off.
And she looks so mild-mannered and unassuming over there, doesn't she?
This morming I happened to run across Impertinent Questions with Brad Gooch which is an excellent Q&A with none other than....Brad Gooch! Who is he? An O'Connor biographer, and a pretty funny/snarky one, too. It's only right that any Flan biographer would be a good time.
One particular question and answer really tickled my giggle button:
Q: O’Connor has been called a master of the short story. What makes hers work?
Flannery O'Connor's delicious Southern Gothic weirdness was one of those early'ish reading experiences that has followed me throughout my adult life and that I strive to pass along to my own students. It was a fantastic realization when it dawned on me that "good" literature didn't have to be all stuffy. In fact, it could be downright crazy and impertinent.
Note: I think I got the Q&A link from Twitter, but I can't rememer who passed it along for the life of me, and now I can't find it again. Thanks to whoever inspired me this morning!