Sunday, March 27, 2005


Thanks for the comments people have been leaving; I always enjoy them, even when I'm too rushed to say much in response. Just a reminder to everyone (since it has come up several times recently): the comments are Haloscan, so you don't need to be a member. Because it's the free version, it's occasionally flaky, although it usually does quite well. (Also, because it's the free version, the comments will be gone in a few months, so if there are any you think should be permanent, you should make arrangements yourself.)

If you haven't read "The Little Professor's" take-down of a Guardian article on Charlotte Bronte, you should, because it is quite good. It's called Jane Eyre in hot pants and stiletto heels. (I've always had a considerable liking for Jane Eyre. I first read Jane Eyre when fairly young and had something of a character-crush on Diana Rivers.)

The anniversary of Flannery O'Connor's birth was Friday; "wood s lot" has some links. O'Connor is always worth reading, and has a great many bon mots. I've always liked this aphorism attributed to O'Connor: "The novelist with Christian concerns will find in modern life distortions which are repugnant to him, and his problem will be to make these appear as distortions to an audience which is used to seeing them as natural." It forms about the best comment on O'Connor's work I can imagine.

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