If I've seemed a little distracted from my blog, it is due to travelling but also due to the reading of Flannery O'Connor.
I have finished all her fiction and am working on the "Occasional Prose" and "Letters." Actually, it was Samuel Scoville who has kindly put me onto her, and for a change, my husband and I have been enjoying some American short stories and short novels.
Here is a great blog titled "If Flannery had a blog", with wonderful quotes and stories. This is a great place to start to get an idea of what she is about.
Flannery O'Connor was a Roman Catholic writer with overtly religous themes. She makes you think deeply to figure out what the story, life, and your life is about. She also surprises you with dramatic turns of events, which are often shocking but revealing.
Sam likes to say that Flannery O'Connor showed him that religion can "smart and be smart". He also thought that as Lutheran I might have more in common with her than I would expect, which has turned out to be true. Thanks, Sam.