Teaching O’Connor

It’s that time of year again – the time when teachers (like me) are enjoying the summer, but still thinking about what we’re going to do in the fall. Here’s Nic Ripatrazone at The Millions on teaching Flannery O’Connor (the great American Catholic writer): As a Catholic, I find O’Connor less perplexing than illuminating. This is [Read More...]

Large and Startling Pictures

I’ll confess: I’m a film critic, and I’ll watch most anything, but there’s one genre I avoid, and that’s horror. Especially supernatural horror. As I told my husband after I watched The Exorcism of Emily Rose, I don’t need to be convinced that the supernatural exists. But then again, others do – and writer/director Scott Derrickson [Read More...]

The Prayers of Flannery O’Connor

The prayer journals of Flannery O’Connor are being published next week and were recently excerpted in the New Yorker, and over at Slate, Marian Ryan is writing about them, and her own struggle: I’m jealous of Flannery O’Connor, though she’s been dead nearly 50 years. I envy her not only because she was brilliant, the maker of [Read More...]

Melting Down to Grace

The New Yorker has been republishing bits and pieces of Flannery O’Connor’s prayer journals, which will be published in a book later this year. They’re locked down to subscribers, but even the small excerpts are wonderful to read. And my pastor put an excerpt in the church bulletin as a meditation this Sunday: All my [Read More...]


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