2 Recordings of Flannery O’Connor Reading Her Work!

Posted by @ 1:44 pm on December 10th, 2008

This comes with a tripple hat-tip, and proves why the internet is awesome.

1) Did you know I have the same name as a somewhat famous preacher? That’s right. Justin Taylor of Wheaton, Illinois, who blogs at Between Two Worlds and is the author and/or editor of several books, including Overcoming Sin and Temptation, Communion with the Triune God, The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World, and Where Did Christianity Come From?  I often wonder if he knows I exist. I mean, if he searches his own name on Amazon, he’ll get my anthology The Apocalypse Reader, as his #3 response, right between Communion with and Supremacy of.

2) I have a Google Alert set up for my own name. I mean why not, right? I get a daily update of what I’ve been up to. Usually, what I’ve been up to is being the above-discussed preacher, though sometimes I play a mean game of high school field hockey or am the mayor of Carbondale, PA. On very rare, happy occasions, I am a writer living in Brooklyn NY who is either giving a reading or just posted something on this blog.

Anyway, this morning [now yesterday morning -ed.]  I checked last night’s Google Alert, and found a notice about a post entitled “Hearing Flannery O’Connor’s Southern Drawl.” A woman named Marla, whose blog, Dyer Road, is about  “running, good food, good reads and the culture through the eyes of a Christian,” got a link via Justin “Preacher” Taylor’s blog to a secular blog called The Morning Oil, where two audio files of Flannery O’Connor reading her own work were posted back in September, and where they remain available for download.

3) So I went over there, and sure enough: .wma audio files of O’Connor reading “Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”

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****SPECIAL CHRISTIAN DOPPELGANGER BONUS*****

Today is Milton’s 400th birthday, and to celebrate, the OTHER Justin Taylor has a very Christ-centered and somewhat interesting interview up on his blog with Leland Ryken, a Milton scholar who teaches at Wheaton College.

Here’s an excerpt:

JT: When did you first read Paradise Lost?


LR: I wish you had not asked.

Onward Christian soldiers!

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