Monday

Flannery!


Here's something you won't hear every day. Flannery O'Connor, a year before her death at 39 from Lupus disease, gave a lecture at Notre Dame. It consisted of a short talk on some aspects of the grotesque in southern fiction (along with some insightful remarks on what it means to be a Catholic writer) and a reading of her short story A Good Man Is Hard To Find. I went looking for a recording of the talk, and found that the only place it was available was if you ordered a copy from ND's archives, which was way too expensive. After a bit of researching, I found an obscure internet radio station that had obtained a copy and had broadcasted it a while back. I streamed the radio episode from their website with Realplayer, recorded the lecture with an audio capture program, converted the .wav file to .wma (mp3 was too lossy) and uploaded it to the internet.

Anyway, for those of you interested, here's The Morning Oil exclusive of one of Catholicism's best writers ever reading her own work (you've got to love that accent).

Note: The files have been re-uploaded as of January 15, 2010

1. Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction
2. A Good Man is Hard to Find

Also, check out the recording of Chesterton here.

24 comments:

Catherine_Creagan said...

that sounded hard to do. was it?

Ben said...

Um yeah. Took me a couple days to figure out how to do it.

ovenman said...

whoever you are, thank you so much for this! priceless. i heard a recording of this talk from a different time at sewanee once. the chap who played it for us said he'd give out copies and never did. i've searched for it countless times. were i anywhere near the northleft, i would kiss you. thanks again.

Aaron J said...

Thank you so much, this is amazing!

Dal said...

This is absolutely great! Thank you very, very much.

Midori said...

Wow, thanks so much for this awesome opportunity to hear Flannery speak!

Bob Brague said...

This made my day, maybe my year! I don't know how I thought Flannery O'Connor would sound, but like so many of her stories, even her voice surprised me. Soft, light, feminine, and a little bit nasal, with an "Old South" accent clearly from what people in north Georgia refer to as "below the gnat line," dropped R's and all. Very antebellum. An old woman in our church who had been Miss Macon of 1946 sounded exactly like her.

Before Miss Macon of 1946 died a few years back she had begun coming to church without her teeth on occasion, something even the grandmother Flannery's story would not have been caught dead doing.

You deserve some kind of blog award in perpetuity from grateful O'Connor readers everywhere.

mateo said...

I don't find the radio clip! Has it been removed? Thanks!

Pax!

mateo

mateo said...

A post
from he
who is slower than most!

I found the radio clips,
thanks!

Peace!

macron5 said...

Thanks for the post. I've never heard her speak before, and she's one of my favorites.

mateo said...

These were great! I used one of the clips in a class presentation - it went very well!

Pax!

Debbie Pope said...

Hi!

When I click on the link I get a message that the server can't be found.

Is the recording gone?

Oh, I'm weeping!

Debbie Pope
poped@spu.edu

Little My said...

No, its definitely there. Something must be going wrong on your end...

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Drake said...

That last commenter sorta said it all... nosejennifer indeed.

But to add to the more coherent comments above, thank you very much for posting these. They are on the new Criterion edition of Wise Blood and I was hoping to find copies on the web somewhere. The introductory remarks are particularly wonderful.

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Nathan Rein said...

Savefile.com seems to be dead. I know it's over a year after you posted this, but I wonder if you might consider re-uploading the files to another service such as sharebee.com or something. Thank you in advance.

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Richard Martin.... said...

For those seeking the link to Flannery reading "A Good Man Is Hard to Find", go here:

http://manasto.tumblr.com/post/107920720/a-good-man-is-hard-to-find-by-flannery-oconnor

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