Professor presents on life of Flannery O’Connor

first_imgSouthern, Catholic and bird lover are some of the words used most frequently to describe author Flannery O’Connor, the subject of a lecture delivered Tuesday afternoon by Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, professor at Fordham University and associate director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies.O’Donnell touched on these three facets of O’Connor’s life in her talk, entitled “Between the House and the Chicken Yard: The Life and Legacy of Mary Flannery O’Connor.” O’Connor was born in Savannah, and her family moved to Andalusia, a rural Georgia farm, Alaimo O’Donnell said, where the author took a great delight in raising chickens.“O’Connor’s first brush with fame occurred courtesy of her bird collection — when a Pathé newsman caught word of a Georgia girl who taught a bird to walk backwards, he made his way south and filmed Mary Flannery and her trick chicken,” she said. “She had a hunger for fame after this, and from that day forward she began to collect chickens, though of course her fame would come from other things.”The author received an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop and moved to New York, actively participating in literary and intellectual circles, Alaimo O’Donnell said. However, O’Connor was forced to return permanently to Andalusia, after she was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease.“O’Connor would endure this exile gracefully and with good humor until her death on Aug. 3, 1964,” she said. “Flannery no longer belonged to Georgia, to the small-town world of Milledgeville, and her mother’s friends. Her childhood sense of herself as a freak returned, a preoccupying idea that appears in the stories she wrote. … O’Connor’s stories often feature characters who clearly do not belong, sometimes by virtue of some physical affliction or deformity, or by virtue of a radically different way of seeing the world from those around her.”O’Connor’s fiction became her lifeline, and she drew inspiration from the people and events in her Southern community, Alaimo O’Donnell said.“She wrote every morning – two hours was all she could manage, despite the painful and debilitating effects of both the disease and the medication prescribed to remedy it,” she said. “Against all odds, O’Connor would produce two novels, 32 short stories, and many essays, reviews and commentaries and hundreds of letters in her thirteen years at Andalusia.”O’Connor may not occur to many readers as a Christian writer, Alaimo O’Donnell said, for she does not appear to write from a particular religious viewpoint. However, although O’Connor’s characters are rarely Catholic, they require an experience of grace.“O’Connor’s characters, like the freak chickens she raised as a child, are grotesques of every imaginable kind. They include mass murderers, social misfits, religious zealots, moral cretins, fake bible salesmen, one-legged women with Ph.D.s,” she said. “The one thing that binds all of O’Connor’s characters together is the fact that they are all in need of conversion or radical change.”Implicit in her creation of characters in need of conversion, her use of violence as a means of grace and her mingling of the comic and tragic, is a deeply religious vision, Alaimo O’Donnell said.“Flannery sees the possibility of redemption available to humanity in all places, at all times and through the most unexpected of means,” she said.While O’Connor saw her life as utterly ordinary, Alaimo O’Donnell said O’Connor was an author who integrated her faith and art so thoroughly that they became one practice.“Her own art becomes sign and symbol of the creative force that generates and governs the world, and so her own writing becomes, both in practice and in fact, a form of sacrament,” she said.Tags: Catholic writers, Flannery O’Connnor, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Artslast_img read more

Few simple tricks have turned this 80s home into a modern paradise

first_img24 Allspice Drive, Ashmore.“Families will love the elevation of the property and how centrally located to Schools it is.” Pindara Private Hospital, Shopping Centres, beautiful parklands and sporting facilities are also within a 5km radius of the home. 24 Allspice Drive, Ashmore.A FRESH lick of paint and a stylish set of kitchen finishes was just what this Ashmore home needed to make it a street stand out.Homeowners Judy and Will Mockeridge bought the 80s house in 2015 and gave it a modern facelift that would completely transform the home and the street. Located at 24 Allspice Drive the home combines old with new and oozes clean lines. 24 Allspice Drive, Ashmore.Ray White Benowa agents Mark and Skye Rustin are marketing the property and described the three-bedroom home as a ‘delightful abode’. “This wonderful family home is situated only a short walk away from Sweetgum Park and also has easy access to a walking track and dog park known as Sun Valley park,” Mr Rustin said. A new designer kitchen, custom cabinetry and stone bench tops create a contemporary style. Porcelain floor tiles feature throughout the open plan living area and kitchen while a separate dining room opens onto a large timber deck. 24 Allspice Drive, Ashmore.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMr Rusitn said the stylish homes doesn’t come without a good view. “The deck captures fantastic views to the Surfers Paradise Skyline,” he said.“It is nestled high on Allspice Drive in the popular “Bellevue Park Precinct” and sunsets are a delight here.” center_img 24 Allspice Drive, Ashmore.“Situated in The Bellevue Park Primary and Benowa High School Catchment,“ Bellevue Park” is regarded as one of the most desirable pockets of Ashmore,” he said. “With the Commonwealth Games Headquarters now established nearby, this pocket of Ashmore is expected to remain in high demand for people relocating and those seeking an investment. 24 Allspice Drive, Ashmore.According to Mr Rusitn the home has been renovated inside and out. “With three bedrooms downstairs, the main comes with a newly renovated ensuite and a separate main bathroom that has also recently undergone a contemporary renovation,” he said. “There is also access to a low maintenance courtyard with approval in place for a pool.” Mr Rustin said the modern home is perfect for families.last_img read more

Sri Lanka on top despite late drama in Dubai

first_imgSRI LANKA 1st innings 482 (D. Karunaratne 196, D. Chandimal 62, D. Perera 58, N. Dickwella 52; Y. Shah 6-184)Pakistan 1st innings (Overnight: 51-0)Shan Masood b Gamage 16Sami Aslam lbw b D. Perera 39Azhar Ali lbw b Herath 59Asad Shafiq c K. Mendis b Lakmal 12Babar Azam c Samarawickreme b Herath 8Haris Sohail lbw b D. Perera 56Sarfraz Ahmed c K. Mendis b D. Perera 14Mohammad Amir lbw b Herath 7Yasir Shah b Lakmal 24Wahab Riaz c Samarawickreme b Gamage 16Mohammad Abbas not out 1Extras (b-4 lb-2 nb-4) 10Total (all out, 90.3 overs) 262Fall of wickets: 1-61 S. Masood,2-65 S. Aslam,3-92 A. Shafiq,4-109 B. Azam,5-180 Az. Ali,6-199 S. Ahmed,7-214 M. Amir,8-220 H. Sohail,9-250 W. Riaz,10-262 Y. ShahBowling: Suranga Lakmal 17.3 – 5 – 41 – 2, Nuwan Pradeep 9 – 2 – 21 – 0,Lahiru Gamage 15 – 2 – 38 – 2(nb-4),Dilruwan Perera 26 – 3 – 72 – 3,Rangana Herath 23 – 3 – 84 – 3.SRI LANKA 2nd inningsDimuth Karunaratne b Riaz 7Kaushal Silva c S. Ahmed b Abbas 3Sadheera Samarawickreme c S. Ahmed b Riaz 13Kusal Mendis not out 8Suranga Lakmal lbw b Shah 1Dinesh Chandimal lbw b Riaz 0Extras (lb-1 nb-1) 2Total (for 5 wickets, 14.3 overs) 34Fall of wickets: 1-3 K. Silva,2-22 D. Karunaratne,3-26 S. Samarawickreme,4-33 S. Lakmal,5-34 D. ChandimalTo bat: N. Dickwella, D. Perera, R. Herath, L. Gamage, N. PradeepBowling: Mohammad Abbas 4 – 2 – 6 – 1,Yasir Shah 7 – 2 – 17 – 1,Wahab Riaz 3.3 – 0 – 10 – 3(nb-1). PAKISTAN hit back with five late wickets on a dramatic third day of the second Test after capitulating with the bat but Sri Lanka hold a healthy lead as they scent a series victory in Dubai.Sri Lanka claimed a first-innings lead of 220 after Pakistan collapsed from 180-4 to 262 all out, spinners Rangana Herath (3-84) and Dilruwan Perera (3-72) taking three wickets apiece.Azhar Ali (59) and Haris Sohail (56) made half-centuries, but Pakistan’s innings fell to pieces before Wahab Riaz (3-10) did the bulk of the damage as Sri Lanka slumped to 34-5 at stumps on a day in which 15 wickets fell.Despite such a woeful start to their second innings, the tourists will fancy the chances of sealing a 2-0 whitewash when they resume on day four with a lead of 254 after seeing Pakistan struggle so badly with the bat on Sunday.Debutant Lahiru Gamage (2-38) struck in the sixth over of the day to end an opening stand of 61, getting one to nip back in and bowl Shan Masood for his first Test wicket.Sami Aslam (39) was on his way when he was trapped leg before by Dilruwan in the next over and Pakistan were in trouble on 115-4 at tea after Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam fell cheaply.Sohail smashed his second ball from Herath for six over long-on and hit the spinner over the ropes for a second time, while Azhar played a composed knock at the other end and both players passed 50 in a much needed stand of 71.It was no surprise that it was the ever-reliable Herath who got the breakthrough, Azhar sent on his way after Sri Lanka reviewed when he was hit plumb in front and that sparked a collapse.Yasir Shah (24) produced a couple of lusty blows before he was cleaned up by Suranga Lakmal (2-41) and Pakistan lost their last six wickets for 82 runs before giving themselves hope in a stunning final session.Dimuth Karunaratne played on to a Wahab delivery, just as he did on 196 in the first innings, after Mohammad Abbas set the tone by snaring Kaushal Silva caught behind.Sadeera Samarawickrama and nightwatchman Lakmal also departed before Wahab got skipper Dinesh Chandimal lbw with what proved to be the last ball of an eventful day.(Omnisport)last_img read more

Mesud Pezer Is The Best Athlete in Balkans

first_imgThe best young athlete of Bosnia and Herzegovina in shot put Mesud Pezer, a member of the Athletic Club Zenica, has received another award for outstanding results and placement this year.  The Association of Balkan Athletics Federations – ABAF declared Pezer the European junior champion in the shot put and the Balkan junior champion in shot put and disc, “The Coming of Star” or the best Balkan young athlete. (Source: Fena)last_img