A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: On Andalusia’s Hallowed Ground, 29 September 2021

Up the gravel road and to the right, a white house mushrooms on high ground. The main building is unmistakable to anyone who has seen the Kodak of Flannery navigating on aluminum “sticks” down the brick stairs to admire that single peacock. Marked by a sign leaning against an oak tree, the house looks deceptivelyContinue reading “A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: On Andalusia’s Hallowed Ground, 29 September 2021″

A Millgrimage to Milledgeville: A Groundbreaking at Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia, September 29, 2021

Among the invitations extended to Cathy and me when we visited Milledgeville was an opportunity to attend the groundbreaking for the Andalusia Interpretative Center. The Center would be planted on the farm where Flannery O’Connor lived, wrote, and raised fowl from 1951 until “the red wolf” of Lupus took her in 1964. We were pleased toContinue reading “A Millgrimage to Milledgeville: A Groundbreaking at Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia, September 29, 2021”

A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Special Collections- September 28, 2021

The second floor of the Ina Dillard Russell Library is a lively place. Classgoers speak aloud to a zooming diaspora. Study groups hawk their ideas in voices that drift up and out over the academic bazaar. Enthusiasm bests collegiality here. The lone scholar is a peculiar sight. She may cover herself with a whiteboard ofContinue reading “A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Special Collections- September 28, 2021″

James Joyce Reading Circle Usage by Nation during September

James Joyce Reading Circle Usage by Nation during September Activity on the website was less than usual during the month. Few new posts were created. Usage related to Flannery O’Connor is heavily weighted toward US usage. Haiku were added to half the Giacomo Joyce cantos in September. This will be completed in October. This isContinue reading “James Joyce Reading Circle Usage by Nation during September”

A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: A Classroom of Flannery with Dr. Marshall Bruce Gentry at GCSU

One most pleasant surprise of our visit to Andalusia and Flannery’s alma mater in Milledgeville was the invitation to sit with Bruce Gentry’s scholars on September 27.  We first encountered Dr. Gentry digitally during the International Flannery O’Connor Conference in early August (2021). Bruce, who edits and writes for the Flannery O’Connor Review, had the conference Zoomers halting their walking-in-place andContinue reading “A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: A Classroom of Flannery with Dr. Marshall Bruce Gentry at GCSU”

A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Planning and Provisioning the Trip

One delight found when exploring Mary Flannery O’Connor’s life and craft is the discovery of her generosity toward correspondents— researchers, instructors, or unwashed readers like me. This quality conjoined with her persistent bravery and laugh-out-loud, squint-eyed humor sustains fascination even beyond the hammered genius of her storytelling. The people found in Milledgeville, those who surroundContinue reading “A “Millgrimage” to Milledgeville: Planning and Provisioning the Trip”

A Cheery “Millgrimage” to Flannery O’Connor’s Environs in Milledgeville

Drop-down arrows from the main menu and the link to the NEXT entry below will access the entries posted. If you have made your own trip to Flannery’s Milledgeville and would like to post a photo, leave a Comment here and I will post it for you, or you can also Direct Message me onContinue reading “A Cheery “Millgrimage” to Flannery O’Connor’s Environs in Milledgeville”

Aquinas, Gilson, and The Hillbilly Bulldog of Milledgeville

The earliest appearance of Mary Flannery as the Avenging Hillbilly Thomist seems to have been in 1944. The sweater-clad crusader emerged from her Fortress of Silence while taking Introduction to Modern Philosophy (Philosophy 412) with Professor George Beiswanger. Her instructor was known as Dr. He-B, his wife on the Arts faculty at the Georgia StateContinue reading “Aquinas, Gilson, and The Hillbilly Bulldog of Milledgeville”

Thoughts on The International Flannery O’Connor Conference, Day 1: Place & Displacement (August 2, 2021 in CyberWhere)

  The stated subject of the presentations was Place & Displacement. The discussion shifted into economics. The economics were limited to the macro variety, supported by a three-card-monte-like redistribution of abundance. Logically, it’s evident that if divine grace is infinite, it is a divine error that there be human suffering. Humanity can correct that divineContinue reading “Thoughts on The International Flannery O’Connor Conference, Day 1: Place & Displacement (August 2, 2021 in CyberWhere)”

A Few Notes on the International Flannery O’Connor Conference, Day 1: Magic and Freakery

  Yesterday (on August 2) I viewed online the International Flannery O’Connor Conference  marked with the legend “No Kind of Place: Location, Migration, and Imagination.” The conference was hosted virtually and theoretically by Nipissing University. The conference organizers and host did a fine job of amalgamating materials around topics. However, the pandemic extracted a toll.Continue reading “A Few Notes on the International Flannery O’Connor Conference, Day 1: Magic and Freakery”