Peacocks, Vanity, and the Prick of Conscience

Peacocks (“royal turkeys”) are famous for their foolish vanity, but in Flannery O’Connor’s “An Afternoon in the Woods,” a more ordinary turkey (and a dead one at that) tempts a young boy into the sin of vain pride.Continue readingPeacocks, Vanity, and the Prick of Conscience

The Secret to Reading Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O’Connor’s stories make most readers uncomfortable, but that is the point. And points are uncomfortable. If you just keep reading, you’ll eventually see what the point is, and that will make your discomfort worthwhile.Continue readingThe Secret to Reading Flannery O’Connor

Andrew Seddon: Versatile Writer of Life-Affirming Stories

Andrew Seddon is a Catholic writer I first met through this blog and for whom I’ve since done some editing and book design. His stories range from space opera to saints’ lives to old-fashioned ghost stories, but whatever the genre, they all affirm the goodness of life.Continue readingAndrew Seddon: Versatile Writer of Life-Affirming Stories