Infinite Gestation welcomes special guest Matt Bird for a discussion on Southern Gothic Literature, and more specifically, three short stories by Flannery O’Connor. “Good Country People”, “Everything that Rises Must Converge” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” all exhibit the craft of a master short story writer at work, while further confirming that the author left us far too soon. These stories take a dark look at the post-bellum American South, with all its complexities. Questions emerge regarding the strange nature of evil, institutional racism, and religion’s place within one’s world view. The presence of O’Connor’s influence can be felt in many places, though it can be seen most recently throughout the work of the Coen Brothers (many of their story-telling sensibilities stand firmly in her shadow).

With two novels and two collections of short stories, the body of Flannery O’Connor’s work can be consumed in a relatively short time. We highly recommend that you do so, and sooner rather than later.

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