Worthy Words: A Peculiar Crossroads

The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location. 

Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964), Mystery and Manners, part 2 (1969).

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How profound is this concept, and how true? 

Flannery O’Connor is one of my favorite writers. A master of the short story, she is famous for blending the gritty and the mysterious into as motley a crew of characters as you’ll ever hope to meet.

If you’ve never read her work, I encourage you to sample her stories. Here’s a link to “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” which is often anthologized.


Have you experienced moments in your own writing where—somehow—the real and the mysterious come together? Tell me about it in a comment!

6 thoughts on “Worthy Words: A Peculiar Crossroads

  1. Wow, got half way thru the short story and had to stop…life…my heart is screaming NOOO! It’s incredibly engrossing. Can’t wait to get back to it. Thank you for posting the link Gerry. 🙂 For me it’s when I write, what I think, is a great piece of free verse. I can’t stop re-reading it. (what am I like? :))

    1. You might want to read more of her. She was Catholic, and much of her fiction has an undercurrent of depravity and injustice and the need for grace. But wow, could she ever draw those characters vividly!

  2. She’s a favorite of mine as well. I find the shadows of her life resonate with mine. Plus she is a renowned chicken lover. She gets bonus points for that in my book.

      1. This is true for me. So many authors I was “forced” to read the first time around are much more meaningful to me now. And wow, do her “people” ever resonate with me, too!

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