2 Recordings of Flannery O’Connor Reading Her Work!
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.
****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.
Onward Christian soldiers!