“The Nature and Aim of Fiction” by Flannery O’Connor

I decided this post is going to be a little different from the other ones I’ve published. Instead of writing on a whole book, I’ll be focused on a single lecture of Flannery O’Connor’s included in a larger collection of her writing, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose. You may have guessed it from my title, but that lecture is called “The Nature and Aim of Fiction”.

There’s a meandering quality to the lecture’s overall flow, and as such, she covers a lot of ground. Normally I can’t help but rationally dissect the main points and sections…