It’s like this: you wake and watch TV, get in your car and listen to the radio you go to your little jobs or little school, but you don’t hear about that on the 6 o’clock news, why? ‘Cause nothing is really happening, and you go home and watch some more TV and maybe it’s a fun night and you go out and watch a movie. I mean it’s got so bad that half the people on TV, inside the TV, they’re watching TV.
What are these people watching, people like me?
“There are two qualities that make fiction. One is the sense of mystery and the other is the sense of manners. You get the manners from the texture of existence that surrounds you. The great advantage of being a Southern writer is that we don’t have to go anywhere to look for manners; bad or good, we’ve got them in abundance. We in the South live in a society that is rich in contradiction, rich in irony, rich in contrast, and particularly rich in its speech”
-Flannery O'ConnorN O V E L S / N O V E L L A S
- Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
- Light in August by William Faulkner
- Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
- The Neon Bible by John Kennedy Toole
- The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb
- The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
- Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
- Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
- Sanctuary by William Faulkner
- Sartoris by William Faulkner
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
- The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O’Connor
- Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
S H O R T S T O R I E S
- A Good Man Is Hard to Find By Flannery O’Connor
- A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
- Barn Burning by William Faulkner
- The Flowers by Alice Walker
- Kneel to the Rising Sun by Erskine Caldwell
- Mountain Victory by William Faulkner
- The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain
- Why I Live at the P.O. by Eudora Welty
P O E T R Y
Beyoncé, Jay Z and Blue Ivy after Beyonce’s performance at the VMAs 2014
On portraying strong women on the screen: It’s kind of refreshing as a woman not to be playing a character that’s just defined by whom she’s in love with, to be honest. With Margaery, political ambition is motivating her—her relationships with all these different men has an agenda. Game of Thrones is like The Hunger Games in so far as it has beautiful writing of strong, complex, contradictory women—whether you’re talking about Arya Stark or Brienne of Tarth, who are physically empowering themselves; or women like Cersei and Margaery, who are doing the more traditional political court machinations. Margaery represents a very modern sort of PR, winning the hearts and minds. I’ve called her Kate Middleton crossed with your First Lady, Michelle Obama. She is a politically savvy woman who is harnessing romantic notions of royals in the populous’ mind.
You have this kind of pull, like gravity.
I’m so lucky that I fell into your orbit.