This week’s video story: "Well, them stories just gone and shown you how some folks would do."
This is the quotation I'm talking about, from Flannery O'Connor's essay "Writing Short Stories," in Mystery and Manners:
I lent some stories to a country lady who lives down the road from me, and when she returned them, she said, “Well, them stories just gone and shown you how some folks would do,” and I thought to myself that that was right; when you write stories, you have to be content to start exactly there—showing how some specific folks will do, will do in spite of everything.
I've tried to explain why this passage has such power for me, but I'm not confident that I actually understand why these lines have haunted me for so long.
Do you have a quotation that sticks with you? That runs through your head, over and over?
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