Academic journal article Flannery O'Connor Review

Flannery

Academic journal article Flannery O'Connor Review

Flannery

Article excerpt

I, too, dislike her: there are things that are important beyond

all this religion.

Reading her, however, with a perfect contempt for her, one

discovers in

her, after all, a place for the genuine.

Hands that can grasp, eyes

that can see, hair that can rise (and converge)

if it must, these things are important not because a

high-sounding interpretation can be put upon them but be-

cause they are

holy. When they become so mysterious as to become

unintelligible,

the same thing may be said for all of us, that we

must learn to admire what

we cannot understand: Pitty Sing the cat

holding on upside down or in quest of something to

rub against, gorillas roaring, a wild bull taking a roll, a tireless

wolf in

the blood, the immovable critic twitching his skin like a priest

that hears a plea, the Teilhard

fan, the academician-

nor is it valid

to discriminate against "comic strips and

year-books"; all these phenomena are important. One

must make a distinction

however: when dragged into prominence by half saints,

the result is not Flannery,

nor till the readers among us can be

"literalists of

the imagination"-above

insolence and triviality and can present

for inspection, "imaginary tractors with displaced persons under them,"

shall we have

it. …

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