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Glibness, Caution

Alice McDermott quotes O’Connor on the dangers of glibness when treating religion, then goes on to say some very fine things. Her remarks begin at around the 9:30 mark.

Commonweal Conversations 2011 – The Writing Life: What’s Faith Got to Do with It? from Commonweal Magazine on Vimeo.

On an unrelated note, another of the participants in that panel had a piece in the Times the other day.


  1. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    Wonder if Mr Elie will spend Sunday at Hazel Motes’ church.

  2. Thanks Matthew, I’ll get back to my Vince Flynn novel now.

  3. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    When do they start talking about Kill Bill?

  4. I find it funny that famous people have to wear nametags.


  5. I found the Elie piece profoundly depressing. Not that the Church is without problems but the total lack of self-introspection is…haunting, if you want to resurrect that “haunted” language.

    Then again, if you’ve made firm decisions that this is not what you believe, then leaving is honest.

    • Jonathan Potter says

      Elie deserves a Flannery O’Connor style holy ass-whoopin’ on Tchoupitoulous Street in October.

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