Saturday, September 28

Flannery O’Connor, "Mystery and Manners"

"The novelist with Christian concerns will find in modern life distortions which are repugnant to him, and his problem will be to make these appear as distortions to an audience which is used to seeing them as natural; and he may well be forced to take ever more violent means to get his vision across to this hostile audience.  When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax a little and use more normal means of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision apparent by shock - to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."

Thursday, September 26

Catullus 55:15-17

You keep such a stand-offish distance
That one needs Hercules' persistence
To track you down these days, my friend.

Catullus, Poems  Translation by James Michie

My enjoyment here is two fold.  First I like the myth of Hercules and the stories about him.  I also fondly remember Kevin Sorbo and Michael Hurst as Hercules and Iolus from the television show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys no matter how far from the original myth they wandered.

Second, I find it hilarious that Catullus is so vexed at not being able to find his friend that he compares the attempt to Hercules' labors.  Hyperbole is fantastic.