OPO: Flannery O'Connor

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But is that A Good Man is Hard to Find that I'm thinking of or not?

Hurting (Hurting), Tuesday, 23 August 2005 23:34 (eighteen years ago) link

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" features a car full of vacationers on the way to Florida and an escaped convict. Mayhem ensues.

Aimless (Aimless), Tuesday, 23 August 2005 23:37 (eighteen years ago) link

You're thinking of "Good Country People."

imponderable, Tuesday, 23 August 2005 23:39 (eighteen years ago) link

Hurting, you're thinking of "Good Country People."

Manly Pointer (!!!) v. Hulga

It's broad and obvious and mean and stacked against _____, but wickedly funny and chilling and a great illustration of the O'Connor hobbyhorse wrt the unexpected forms that grace may take.

rogermexico (rogermexico), Tuesday, 23 August 2005 23:40 (eighteen years ago) link

xpost!

rogermexico (rogermexico), Tuesday, 23 August 2005 23:40 (eighteen years ago) link

Who was it who said that grace hits O'Connor's characters/strawfoax/victims "with the force of a mugging"?

rogermexico (rogermexico), Tuesday, 23 August 2005 23:44 (eighteen years ago) link

All the people who said "Good Country People" is the one Hurting is thinking of are correct. But I agree with gygax!, "Everything That Rises Must Converge."

k/l (Ken L), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 01:10 (eighteen years ago) link

"Everything that rises must converge" was my first instinct, but then I realized I was just trying to tell myself it hit as hard as "A good man" because I didn't want to say the one that was in every anthology. Still, ETRMC a close second.

Guayaquil, Wednesday, 24 August 2005 01:19 (eighteen years ago) link

If this was a nearby board, we would have a peacock feather background.

k/l (Ken L), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 01:23 (eighteen years ago) link

Yes, Good Country People. That's definitely my favorite (obviously, since I remember it so well).

Hurting (Hurting), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 01:33 (eighteen years ago) link

Good Country People naaaaaaaasty...

rogermexico (rogermexico), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 04:53 (eighteen years ago) link

good country people, or the life you save may be your own.

lauren (laurenp), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 10:37 (eighteen years ago) link

"The River"

Nemo (JND), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 10:57 (eighteen years ago) link

"good country people" was my introduction to her. i'm probably not alone there (here). it was in more than one anthology we used over the years. it's awesome, yeah.

andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 14:48 (eighteen years ago) link

i always get her mixed up with flann o'brien

jeremy jordan (cruisy), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 15:45 (eighteen years ago) link

That happened to me(self) once (there). I proposed a book on FOB to a series, and the series editor said 'She's American, isn't she?'. It's t(h)rue.

The Truce With Cliche: I thought 'A Hard Man Is Good To Find' might be a tired phrase, but seeing the original 'A Good Man Is Hard To Find' all over the shop makes its inverse look radiant by comparison.

the finefox, Wednesday, 24 August 2005 15:54 (eighteen years ago) link

TS: 'The River' vs 'Stolen Car'

the bellefox, Wednesday, 24 August 2005 15:55 (eighteen years ago) link

BTW, my OPO is Wise Blood.

Aimless (Aimless), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 16:11 (eighteen years ago) link

my friend did an amazing paper in college comparing the life you save with springsteen's thunder road.

lauren (laurenp), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 16:23 (eighteen years ago) link

"Parker's Back."

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 20:00 (eighteen years ago) link

What's the story about the man who stays with the woman and her daughter on the farm and he does all sorts of repairs and gets married to the daughter and then leaves her in a diner in the middle of nowhere? It was my introduction to Flannery and my favourite of her stories.

Ian Riese-Moraine: a casualty of social estrangement. (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 21:34 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh shoot, it was The Life You Save May Be Your Own.

Ian Riese-Moraine: a casualty of social estrangement. (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 21:36 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
O'Connor's landscape as visited.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 4 February 2007 23:55 (seventeen years ago) link

gygax! and laurenp OTM

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Monday, 5 February 2007 08:50 (seventeen years ago) link

eleven months pass...

I love Good Country People so much...but my choice is "Judgement Day."

Drugs A. Money, Friday, 25 January 2008 01:04 (sixteen years ago) link

"Little Tokyo Steak House and Sushi Bar (2601 North Columbia Street; 478-452-8886) serves grilled steak and seafood and impressive sushi, which says as much about the worldliness of little Milledgeville as you need to know. Open for lunch every day but Saturday; dinner every day, for about $60, with sake or wine."

Good sushi: hard to find.

M.V., Friday, 25 January 2008 01:52 (sixteen years ago) link

the river

kl0pper, Friday, 25 January 2008 03:24 (sixteen years ago) link

"Parker's Back." It's frightening in a hushed way.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 25 January 2008 03:29 (sixteen years ago) link

"the river" fucked me up but good, but i gotta go with "good country people."

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 25 January 2008 03:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Just read "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" in Lit. AWESOME.

Tape Store, Friday, 25 January 2008 03:39 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm halfway through the full-on Good Man collection. You should get it, Tape Store. Great shit.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 25 January 2008 03:40 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

good lord, i just finished the violent bear it away and don't completely know what to make of it. (i haven't read wise blood, just some of the short stories, so this was my deepest immersion in flannery-dom.) it just gets weirder and darker as it goes, and unless i'm reading it wrong i think satan shows up as a gay rapist toward the end? anyway, i think it's really good, but it is sitting uncomfortably in my mind.

STRATE IN2 DAKRNESS (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 7 November 2009 16:22 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

"The River" is so awesome

black Emanuelle did costume design for Troll 2 (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 00:56 (twelve years ago) link

"Good Country People"

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 00:58 (twelve years ago) link

we should poll her stories

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 00:58 (twelve years ago) link

I love "Good Country People" -- I haven't read it in the longest time, I should definitely read it again soon.

Nicole, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 01:33 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

Hey so I liked the Ethan Hawke/Maya Hawke film WILDCAT.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 May 2024 20:03 (one month ago) link

Have any of you heard about it?

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 May 2024 20:37 (one month ago) link


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