Flannery O’Connor, the inimitable Southern master of the grotesque image, retired early to bed — mostly because of her lupus.
After her evening prayer, she read St Thomas Aquinas. Why?
I read a lot of theology because it makes my writing bolder.
A self-described “hilbilly Thomist,” Flannery O’Connor once said the following:
“When we look at a good deal of serious modern fiction, and particularly
Southern fiction, we find this quality about it that is generally
described, in a pejorative sense, as grotesque. Of course, I have found
that anything that comes out of the South is going to be called
grotesque by the Northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case
it is going to be called realistic.”
I’m with her.
I gotta get around to reading a book by her some day. So many books, so little time, another good reason to stay single.