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

Indonesian government initiates research to produce COVID-19 vaccine, VP says

first_imgMeanwhile, Airlangga University in Surabaya, East Java has prepared a research proposal for the production of a COVID-19 vaccine.Airlangga University rector Mohammad Nasih said the university’s Institute of Tropical Diseases had acquired six COVID-19-positive samples and was awaiting research authorization from the Health Ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes).“It’s going to be a lengthy process but we are optimistic that with Balitbangkes’ authorization we’ll be able to develop a vaccine,” Mohammad said.Read also: Germany says virus vaccine research not for salePresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo previously instructed his subordinates to perform rapid tests for COVID-19 across the country in a bid to accelerate detection of the disease.Rapid tests are easier to perform than regular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and can detect COVID-19 cases quicker.Indonesia’s death toll from the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 has risen to 25 on Thursday, as the government announced that the number of infected people had reached 309. (rfa) The public should not expect a vaccine to be available anytime soon, however, as the research would take a considerable amount of time to complete, Ma’ruf said.Read also: Doctors map body’s COVID-19 immune response: StudyIn the meantime, the government would keep implementing public health protocols as established by the World Health Organization (WHO), he added.“The production of a vaccine takes time. That’s why we will not just wait for the vaccine to be completed but also take measures in accordance with WHO’s protocols in mitigating this pandemic,” Ma’ruf said. The government has initiated research to produce a vaccine for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), involving the collaboration of relevant ministries and institutions, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has said.“We’ve started discussing [the research], because [the virus] has become a threat. We keep trying to develop our own vaccine for every threat that emerges. That’s why we’ve initiated research,” Ma’ruf said in a statement on Thursday as quoted by Antara.The research on the vaccine was carried out under the coordination of the National Research Agency (BRIN) in cooperation with the Health Ministry and other relevant state-owned enterprises, including pharmaceutical firms, he said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini backs Jose Mourinho to get Chelsea back in title race

first_img Chelsea boss Mourinho is under considerable pressure after a poor start to the season in which the champions have lost five of their opening 10 Barclays Premier League games. The support of Pellegrini may come as a surprise, given the apparent enmity between the pair in the past, but the Manchester City boss expects the man who has called him ‘Pellegrino’ to bounce back strongly. Press Association But Pellegrini expressed no schadenfreude when the subject of Chelsea’s current plight was raised at his latest press conference. After winning the title in 2014 and then failing to mount a strong defence the following season, Pellegrini knows some of the difficulties Mourinho is presently experiencing. He said: “Maybe some (players) relax. You don’t want it to happen, but it normally does. It’s difficult to repeat it. “And all the other teams who couldn’t win it last season become stronger because they don’t want to be two years without winning silverware. You have five very strong teams here in England and they can all win the title.” Pellegrini said: “All managers have a moment in their career, in their season, a bad moment – it’s normal. “So I hope, because he’s a very important manager, that he will arrange his team. I think he’s already demonstrated what he can do – he’s the champion of the Premier League this year. “I always say mathematics show when you can do it and when you can’t and we still have enough points to play for. I am sure they will be involved in the title (race) for the first position. I am sure they will continue to be a very strong team. “They are not in their best moment but I am sure they will improve.” The perceived animosity between Pellegrini and Mourinho dates back to when the latter succeeded the former as Real Madrid boss in 2010 and later derided the Chilean’s subsequent move to Malaga. “If they get rid of me, I won’t be going to coach Málaga,” Mourinho said. “I will go to a big club in the Premier League or Serie A.” The pair have regularly jousted verbally since and not always shook hands after games. While Mourinho has referred to his rival as ‘Pellegrino’ and hit out over comments about referees, the City boss has compared Chelsea unflatteringly to Stoke. Manuel Pellegrini has backed rival manager Jose Mourinho to turn his season around and get Chelsea back into the title race. last_img read more

How to check if your hotel room has insects in 5 easy steps

first_imgBed bug plague is annoying and hard to identifyThere are some places where we will see evidence of the plagueYou must look at all the small gaps and cracks Usually when we travel, especially long distance, we end up sleeping in a hotel room most of the time. While the experience is usually good, sometimes the hotel room is not in the necessary conditions. In fact, it is not the first that has been found unpleasant surprises in your room, including insect pests and all kinds of bugs. Bed bugs, cockroaches … luckily, these 5 steps will help you check if your hotel room has insects in a few minutes.Some of the most dangerous and least visible pests are bed bugs. Many know they are dangerous and annoying pests, however, few know where to look. Cockroaches look and you know how they are but … how are bed bugs? If you are worried about bed bugs, you may be interested to know that there are some specific points where they usually hide, and therefore it is useful to know these places when visiting a hotel or an outside house. Insect in one hand. Photo: Pixabaycenter_img Rentokil, an international pest control company, has recently published a complete infographic on the places to look for in a hotel, when checking if there is a pest of bed bugs or other similar insects. It is also useful to check our own holiday home, furniture, etc. You must look at all the small holes and cracks that you see in your room, since this is where they usually hide. Look for black marks, small white eggs or the insects themselves.Places to look atHead board of the bedIn this area we must look in the most hidden areas: for example along the edges of the mattress and near the bed base, in the joints of the frame, between the ornaments of the headboard, etc.Sofas and cushionsA good way to know if the room is riddled with bed bugs is to examine along the seams, inside the cushions or around the zippers.Wardrobes and skirting boardsHere we must look at where furniture, baseboards and carpets meet the wall. Next to the door locks and drawers. In furniture hinges it is also an appropriate place.Bedside tablesAround the objects we have on the bedside table and lamps. In the frames of the possible photographs, remains or bugs are usually accumulated. Of course, inside the drawers.In the luggageIf you spend a few days in a hotel, you should check your bags. Check the folding handles where the fabric is wrapped around the frame. Avoid, not to go with the plague in the suitcase, place it near beds or armchairs.Pest infographic. Photo: Rentokillast_img read more

BanKo Perlas sinks PayMaya; Petro Gazz triumphs with new import

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lakia Bright scored five of her 25 points in the fifth set as the Perlas Spikers broke a four-game losing streak and moved out of the bottom rung of the standings with a 2-4 card.“It was my teammates actually; I started out slow but my teammates motivated me and never gave up on me,” Bright said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt was a sorry defeat for the High Flyers, who appeared on their way to easy win, leading two sets and 11-8 in the third.Earlier, Petro Gazz scored its second straight win after a 25-22, 30-28, 25-13 triumph over Iriga-Navy. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Filipino vs Filipino Ukrainian Olena Lymareva-Flink, who arrived in the country just two days ago, hit the ground running, scoring 16 points to lift the Angels, who lost Kadi Kullerkann due to an injured ACL.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments The doubled efforts of Tess Rountree and Grethcel Soltones failed to pay off for PayMaya. —AUGUST DELA CRUZBanKo Perlas needed five full sets to push itself out of the basement and pull PayMaya down from the top spot Saturday night.Down two sets to none, the Perlas Spikers painstakingly chipped away at the High Flyers’ advantage and confidence to score an 18-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-11 victory in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Man wanted in Dawson Creek arrested in Kamloops

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – Kamloops RCMP have captured a man who has several outstanding warrants in relation to a series of events across various jurisdictions in the province.In early January, 29-year-old Michael David Trosky was wanted on outstanding warrants in Dawson Creek, the Okanagan and Shuswap areas for charges including:Evading PoliceDangerous Operation of a Motor VehicleProhibited DrivingFailing to ComplyBreachTheft of Mail and Theft Under.He has appeared before the courts and is being remanded until April 11, 2019.- Advertisement –last_img