Close Reads

Don’t Follow Your Heart: Anti-Revolutionary Lessons from Pride and Prejudice

David, Tim, and I are getting ready to launch a new Close Reads series on Pride and Prejudice. In preparation for that discusion, here’s an article I wrote on Pride and Prejudice four years ago. It’s easy to forget when reading a Jane Austen novel that she wrote during a time of great revolutionary upheaval: …

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Hear Flannery O’Connor read “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

Sometimes the Internet is just glorious. I recently stumbled upon a rare recording of Flannery O’Connor reading her own story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” What an amazing find! I’m going to admit something rather embarassing: her very thick Georgia accent totally surprised me! Writers are supposed to speak the King’s English, right? …

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The Necessity of the Imperfect Community (Inspired by Jayber Crow)

An interesting discussion popped up on my Facebook about some of the ideas we’ve been talking about on Close Reads as we work our way through Berry’s Jayber Crow. Here are some highlights. One of the big ideas that Berry is showing us in Part Two as he repeatedly presents community as a non-sentimentalized ideal, …

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