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The Habit of Being by Flannery O'Connor
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Feb 21, 10

bookshelves: couldnt-finish, 2010
Read from February 11 to 21, 2010

i can't quite call reading a third of this book and then putting it down because you're tired of trying to figure out the logistics of taking a 600 page hardcover book, your lunch and your gym bag to work every day "couldn't finish."

i love flannery o'conner's dry wit that is so evident in some of her shorter letters, particularly to those on the publishing side. every time i thought of quitting, another correspondent would be added in the mix and i couldn't do it. and i told myself to read through it, even when her thoughts on religion were too much for me, because it was outside of my comfort zone.

but this is the sort of trouble i ran into when trying to read the not-so-portable-copy of the portable dorothy parker. you start spending 200+ pages with one voice with one eye and the other eye starts wandering to the rest of your reading queue. it did make me curious to take up more letter reading, however.
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