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Story: What Some Folks Would Do (From Flannery O’Connor).

This week’s video story: “Well, them stories just gone and shown you how some folks would do.”   This is the quotation I’m talking about, from Flannery O’Connor’s essay “Writing Short Stories,” in Mystery and Manners: I lent some stories to a country lady who lives down the road from me, and when she returned them, she said, “Well, them …


Story: It’s a Sign of Maturity Not To Be Scandalized.

For the weekly videos, I now tell a story. I’ve realized that for me, and I think for many people, a story is what holds my attention and makes a point most powerfully. This week’s story: It’s a sign of maturity not to be scandalized.   Here’s the complete quotation from Flannery O’Connor: “From 15 to 18 is an age …


“Them Stories Just Gone and Shown You How Some Folks Would Do.”

“I lent some stories to a country lady who lives down the road from me, and when she returned them, she said, “Well, them stories just gone and shown you how some folks would do,” and I thought to myself that that was right; when you write stories, you have to be content to start exactly there—showing how some specific …


“If You Do the Same Thing Every Day at the Same Time For the Same Length of Time…”

“If you do the same thing every day at the same time for the same length of time, you’ll save yourself from many a sink. Routine is a condition of survival.” –Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being, letter to “A,” February 10, 1962 Here, O’Connor was specifically talking about the habit of writing; she wrote every morning for three hours, …


“It Is a Sign of Maturity Not To Be Scandalized…”

“From 15 to 18 is an age at which one is very sensitive to the sins of others, as I know from recollections of myself. At that age you don’t look for what is hidden. It is a sign of maturity not to be scandalized and to try to find explanations in charity.” –Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters …