I love when one's readings connect without any guidance, purely happenstance. Jenclair at A Garden Carried in the Pocket was giving us readers a brief synopsis of her favorite Flannery O'Connor quote just the other day, when I stumbled on Flannery again in Driving with the Devil by Neal Thompson.
Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. ~ Flannery O'Connor
The notion to uproot my family, move to the South, and investigate moonshine, NASCAR, and the cultural and historical tethers that bind the two simmered inside me for nearly twenty years. It all began with a college course on the irreverent southern writer Flannery O'Connor, taught by a wonderfully foulmouthed, half-drunk Jesuit priest, which introduced my New Jersey eyes and ears to the mysteries of the South.
Etching by Jack Coughlin.
Well, come on down Neal, we need more Yankees in the mix. My husband hates being the only one.