tossed in with Flannery

 

My essay “How to Survive the Apocalypse” is out today in the new issue of Image JournalIt’s a fun/serious look at apocalyptic fiction. (Literary fiction. Not the Left Behind series.) Specifically: the excellent novels The Pinch by Steve Stern (Graywolf Press) This Is Why I Came by Mary Rakow (Counterpoint Press), and When the English Fall by David Williams (Algonquin Books).

And from the Department of Happy Accidents: By some stroke of luck, I got tossed into the same bag of marbles as Flannery O’Connor.

h�t�t�p�:�/�/�w�w�w�.�d�r�e�a�m�s�t�i�m�e�.�c�o�m�/�s�t�o�c�k�-�p�h�o�t�o�-�m�a�r�b�l�e�s�-�s�i�d�e�w�a�l�k�-�i�m�a�g�e�9�0�2�3�5�7�0

(Btw, clearly she’s the big green shooter. I’m the blurry cerulean in the back.)

513x388_flannery-squareThe same issue includes the never-before-published college journals of Flannery O’Connor. In it, according to Image, O’Connor  ”keeps a daily record of her thoughts, dreams, amusements, and fears for a period of forty days.” Among other things: “I have so much to do that it scares me.” (Preach, girl.) Apparently they even secured Flannery’s first selfie: “The issue will also include several previously unpublished photos, including a self-portrait photo taken through her dresser mirror.”

Consider subscribing to Image if you like thoughtful, literary writing informed by (and wrestling with) the territory of art, faith and mystery. I’m a regular book reviewer for their ImageUpdate, but this is my first time in the pages of their gorgeous print publication, and I am honored.

 

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>