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From the moment we board a train with Hazel Motes and observe the ostensibly unnecessary contempt with which he treats a woman (Mrs. Wally Bee Hitchcock), who, though rather intrusive, seems to be of a motherly disposition, a disposition that ought to extract some tenderness out of any orphaned young man away from home but fails to do so, we realize that we can hardly expect an atmosphere of mild pleasure and instructive sorrow in the violently rough journey which leads to a full nothingness at the end of the novel, where the body, male or female, is no longer an impediment for being redeemed by Jesus. Accordingly, O’Conner’s portrayal of women in Wise Blood is marked by a vehemence of tone and a ferocious impatience for worldly temptations connected with the commercialized female body. She is after blood and she does not hesitate to sacrifice elements of popular novel, including the attraction of female bodies, to achieve her transcendent ideals.

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Michael Yu contacted me about a new film project inspired by O'Connor's story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and filled me in on the film's premise, which you can hear it from Michael himself at the Indiegogo campaign site. I'm excited about the crew and cast involved in the project and would love to see it take off. One of Michael's goals is to promote O'Connor's work in mainstream culture. If you think it sounds like something you'd like to see, consider backing the A Good Man is Hard to Be project as well.

Who are the primary O'Connor scholars today?

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The "Flannery's Porch" series is off and running. (See below for the initial announcement.) The group is using IndieGoGo so people can support the program through donations for season 2.

(I am not affiliated with "Flannery's Porch" but want to let group members know about any interesting O'Connor material out there.)

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A group of media students at the Western Kentucky University are working on an episodic documentary called Flannery's Porch.

Their goal is to tell the story of O'Connor's legacy in light of the social justice issues prevalent today--sustainability, diversity, poverty, LGBT rights, and animal rights. The documentary begins with O'Connor's farm and the two women working to save it, Elizabeth and April, both lifelong Flannery fans doing their own work to preserve her legacy.

I have only read 5 stories by her, yet each and every one of them struck a chord within me that no other author has managed to do. The latest story I have read is "The Displaced Person". 

I'm working my way through Flannery O'Connor's "The Complete Stories". Good to see a community dedicated to her.

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Found this at the book festival. 
Andalusia is an experience any O'Connor fan should partake of, and the current caretakers really love the place. If you want to help them, visit http://andalusiafarm.org/ and make a donation. 
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Hello Everyone.  I've just joined  this community, but I'm  a long time fan of Flannery O'Conner.  I studied her work at University of South Carolina in the '80's.  I named my daughter after her. I was inspired recently to create a series of songs based on A PRAYER JOURNAL.  Just wanted to post "HEY" and hear some others' thoughts on the JOURNAL.

Who represents the estate of Flannery O'Connor -- I have a permissions question.
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