Tom Perrotta on Flannery O’Connor

ThoughCast (“An ideaspace for authors, academics and intellectuals, hosted by Jenny Attiyeh) has posted a podcast interview with Tom Perrota wherein he discusses Flannery O’Connor:

His relationship with her borders on kinship, and he admires and admonishes her as he would a family member, with whom he shares a bond both genetic and cultural.

When asked to choose a specific piece of writing that’s had a significant impact on him, Tom chose O’Connor’s short story Good Country People, but then he threw in two others — Everything that Rises Must Converge and Revelation. As Tom explains, these three stories chart O’Connor’s careful trajectory, her unique vision, and her genius.

Click over and give a listen if you are so inclined. And check out ThoughtCast it looks like an interesting resource.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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