Flannery O'Connor

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  • 23 Jun 2013 at 2:55 pm #3522


    The joke is on me. I always found Hazel Motes to be a source of laughter. Over in Cambridge they are viewing him as a prophet…


    28 Jun 2013 at 6:33 am #3549

    Richard L.

    At the link above: “As members of the Cambridge congregation file into a wood-paneled classroom at Harvard, singer Shelley Segal greets them with a few songs from her latest recording, called simply, “An Atheist Album.”

    Taking a hint from the theme of the event, Segal strums on her guitar and belts her song, “Gratitude.”

    “I don’t believe in a great power to say thank you to,” Segal sings. “But that won’t take away from my gratitude.”

    Well, when Oprah asked Cormac McCarthy what he wanted people to get from THE ROAD, he said that he wanted people to be grateful, even if they didn’t know to whom to offer thanks.

    That is of course an allusion to McCarthy’s stoicism, his allusion to the boy asking the same thing when saying grace, and to the narrator’s omniscient phrase on page 110: “Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.” Which resonates to a quote from Marcus Aurelius, saying that a man ought to live his life as if borrowed, and that he ought to be prepared at any time to give it back, saying–here, I thank you for this life which I have had in my possession.

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