I’m doing a lot of Flannery reading in preparation for our Story Conference next week. Some of the lines in Habit of Being are so good they make me want to call my older sister and just say them to her. It makes me happy to read her. I thought I’d share some of these lines as I find them.
(Flannery O’Connor, from a letter to Ben Griffith, 4 May, 1955)
“You will observe that I admire my own work as much if not more tan anybody else does. I have read “The Artifical Nigger” several times since it was printed, enjoying it each time as if I had nothing to do with it. I feel this is not quite delicate of me, but it may be balanced by the fact that I write a great deal that is not fit to read which I properly destroy.”
“I am interested in making a good case for distortion, as I am coming to believe it is the only way to make people see.”
“Thank Mr. S for liking my stories. I am always glad to know that I have a reader of quality because I have so many who aren’t. I get some letters from people I might have created myself.”