â€œAll fiction is about human nature…Whenever Iâ€™m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one.â€
– Flannery O’Connor
That, and you don’t have to look too far to find one. Frequently just down the hall will do.
That… and when a Southern woman says “Oh, Hell no!”… it’s already too late.
In the South,”freak” is often analogous to “carpetbagger”!
O’Connor had a wonderful ability to deflate pretense – which comes from an ability to detect it in the first place.
We won’t see her like again.
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