January 08, 2013

Flannery O'Connor & Epiphanies

Interesting link on the Atlantic about Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find.

I haven't read that one, but I've heard the famous quote - "She could have been a good woman...if it had been someone there to shoot her every minute of her life." - which I'd always interpreted as meaning that we'd all be good people if we had the threat of imminent judgmental (death, hell) hanging over us at every minute.

Anyway I liked this:
The fact that there's a brevity to human connection and human empathy—the fact that it goes away—might make you feel that we should not make a big deal that it was there at all. But of course we can't do that. We have to value the moments when a person is everything we'd hope this person would be, or became briefly something even better than she normally is. We need to give those moments the credit they're due.


Tom said...

"My characters are all about gaining an understanding of the right thing to do—and avoiding it anyway."

Now where have I run into this idea before?

TS said...

Story of my life!