Cosas Que Leo #148: EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE, Flannery O’Connor

“The further irony of all this was that in spite of her, he had turned out so well. In spite of going to only a third-rate college, he had, on his own initiative, come out with a first-rate education; in spite of growing up dominated by a small mind, he had ended up with a large one; in spite of all her foolish views, he was free of prejudice and unafraid to face facts. Most miraculous of all, instead of being blinded by love for her as she was for him, he had cut himself emotionally free of her and could see her with complete objectivity. He was not dominated by his mother.”

Everything that rises must converge

FLANNERY O’CONNOR

Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1956

269 págs.

Cosas Que Leo #119: MYSTERY & MANNERS, Flannery O’Connor

“One of the most common and saddest spectacles is that of a person of really fine sensibility and acute psychological perception trying to write fiction by using these qualities alone. This type of writer will put down one intensely emotional or keenly perceptive sentence after the other, and the result will be complete dullness. The fact is that the materials of the fiction writer are the humblest. Fiction is about everything human and we are made out of dust, and if you scorn getting yourself dusty, then you shouldn’t try to write fiction. It’s not a grand enough job for you.”

Mystery & manners

FLANNERY O’CONNOR

Faber & Faber 2014 (publicado originalmente en 1962)

237 págs.

**** El mejor libro sobre el oficio de escribir que he leído jamás. Si se leen esto + el Mientras escribo de Stephen King + las primeras diez páginas del Viure escrivint de Anne Dillard + The Elements of style de Strunk & White (un favorito de Vonnegut) ya tienen todas las directrices necesarias para empezar con esto. Solo les faltará, naturalmente, el DON.

**** Este libro será publicado en un futuro no muy lejano por la editorial catalana L’Altra.