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Episode 248: Fall of Finales, Flannery O’Connor

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This week we’re reading the last published story by Flannery O’Connor, “Parker’s Back,” which she apparently wrote while in the hospital. We talk about the story itself, O’Connor’s humor–which she maintained even in her final weeks–and her lifelong wrestling with Catholicism.

In the second half of the show, we bring back an old segment, in which we look at some academic writing about the story we read, and try to see if we can make heads or tails of it.

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One thought on “Episode 248: Fall of Finales, Flannery O’Connor

  1. Hey guys, huge fan of the podcast here. I’ve been listening to it regularly since I discovered it back in March and it never fails to make me both think and laugh a couple time each episode. Keep up the great work!

    Have you guys thought about reading Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air for your Fall of Finales? I think it would be a great fit with the season, and is just a really great book to boot. It’s short and easy to read too, and I’d love to hear you guys do an episode about it.

    Thanks for the awesome show.


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