flannery-o'connor

literature meme [1/3 genres]

"While the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted." - Flannery O’Connor

'Common themes in Southern Gothic literature include deeply flawed, disturbing or eccentric characters who may or may not dabble in hoodoo, ambivalent gender roles and decayed or derelict settings, grotesque situations, and other sinister events relating to or coming from poverty, alienation, crime and violence.'

I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky.
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Flannery O’Connor's  unambiguous opinion of Ayn Rand in a 1960 letter to a friend

Pair with O’Connor on why the grotesque appeals to us and the difference between religion and faith.

Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place… Nothing outside you can give you any place… In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got.
—  Flannery O’Connor