Hear Flannery O’Connor Read “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

I saw this on Andrew Peterson’s twitter page, and even though I think I re-tweeted it I felt it warranted a post.

At this link you can hear Flannery O’Connor read aloud her short story, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” This is a tale worth pondering.

I recommend you do the save as thing to this link and put it on your mp3 player to have a listen.


4 Responses to Hear Flannery O’Connor Read “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

  1. Dan Phillip April 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Justin Taylor will love you for your Flanneryphilia.

    • JMH April 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

      Nice word – Flanneryphilia!

      Have you heard/read the story? Some really profound lines from the Misfit at the end: Jesus thowed everything off balance . . . Ain’t no pleasure but meanness . . .

  2. Dan Phillips April 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    I’m not sure. This is a running… “bicker” is too strong of a word; a running “thing” with Justin and me. He bubbles with joy about anything to do with FO’C, and I dribble acid rain on it.

    Having heard for years what a wonderful Christian writer she was, i read a book of her stories… and… well, goodness. She made Stephen King sound like the Leaping Fairy of Joyfulness. I found nothing remotely redemptive, hopeful, Christian or insightful in her writing. Plus, Roman Catholic, to be exact.

    So when I say things like that, Justin and his readers stoop to pat me on the head as if I’m not very bright, since I persist in missing the wonderfulness that is FO’C. Which could be true. Nonetheless, Sophie’s Choice was Mary Poppins compared to O’Connor.

    Now you know that.

    • JMH April 30, 2011 at 9:01 am #

      Thanks for writing well, brother; fun stuff to read! I hope you write many more books. Have you thought of turning your tongue to fiction?

      Great comment!


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