The Long Truth of Short Stories

Non-writers, or writers who don’t do fiction, often have a misconception about fictional forms.  Short stories are seen as an apprenticeship of sorts—you start out writing them, and then graduate to writing novels.  It makes sense, but it’s totally untrue.  Short- and long-form fiction (i.e., stories and novels) are different in form, not just length, 

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Flannery O’Connor & The Terrible Speed of Mercy: A Book Review

Our book reviewer today is Autumn, one of our current interns here at Redeemedreader.com.  She is a sophomore at a small liberal arts college here in Tennessee, making her way through a Southern, patient Christ-haunted literary landscape much like Flannery O’Connor encountered.  Among her many interests are reading, writing, violin, guitar, songwriting and drinking fermented 

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What Flannery O’Connor Can Tell Us About Teaching Literature

Near the beginning of her essay, “The Teaching of Literature” (in Mystery and Manners), Flannery O’Connor writes that fiction has no dearth of critics, because everyone considers himself an authority on fiction’s central subject.  That is, life.  So readers tend to be looking for something in particular when they pick up a novel, “and if 

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Interview with Jonathan Rogers: Flannery O’Connor, Violence, and Mercy

MEET THE AUTHORS Jonathan Rogers is not only one of the most talented Christian writers for kids’ today (see our review of The Charlatan’s Boy), he’s also kept his own faith while passing through the highest echelons of academia.  He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Vanderbilt University, and just recently published a biography 

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