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Mystery and Manners by Flannery O'Connor
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Jul 05, 11

Read in June, 2011

How is it I've lived almost four decades and haven't read this book yet? I've always loved O'Connor's short fiction and recognized her genius, but these collected essays--all written (or, in the case of speeches, delivered) when she was younger than I am now--simply thrilled me with their insight, humor, and piercing vision. The last few sections of the book that focused on writing as a Catholic were particularly valuable: I saw so many parallels between the Catholic writing community, as well as Catholic readers, of the 19050s and 60s and Mormon writers and readers today. Extraordinarily valuable.
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