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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Flannery O'Conner

I'm sure this will sound like a shot out of left field for a health blog, but when you see where I'm going with this post, it's right on point. Flannery O'Connor lived in Georgia most of her adult life and wrote southern gothic fiction that has been compared with Faulkner and Teilhard de Chardin. The latter never really got me jumping up and down with excitement but he's the guy who discovered the Omega Point, his name for the enlightened state of spiritual understanding toward which all evolution is being drawn. In other words God. Not that I'm a big fan of religious writing, but O'Connor's stories are darkly humorous and beautifully written. She revised The Violent Bear It Away during eight years while she lived on her mother's cow farm. How can reading her help your health?

It can't.

No, I'm just kidding. Of course it can. By reading O'Connor you can get entre into the entire spectrum of religious good feeling without having to become religious. Like meditation, which can be done without any belief in ethereal beings, reading O'Connor is fun. And it also comes along with a spiritual message that is similar to the Transcendentalists and to Buddhism. Not bad for an old Georgia gal who liked to chew the hay and tear up modern twentieth-century commercialized man.

3 comments:

Kristie said...

Rarely do I come across someone who even knows who Flannery O'Coner is. I love her writing. She's actually one of my favorites.

Jacqueline said...

I'll have to make a mental note regarding this author. I love to read books others have fallen in love with just to see if I too can capture the spirit which have been encapsulated in their words. Thanks.

William Cane said...

For bibliophiles (book lovers) I recommend goodreads.com. You can talk to other people who love the same books you do!