Two Books

Two more of my cherished books in my bookshelf:

Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor. I have read this twice, the latest recently. My take away from this book is the naming of evil in a way that is highly visible and tangible.

To insure our sense of mystery, we need a sense of evil which sees the devil as a real spirit who must be made to name himself, and not simply to name himself as vague evil, but to name himself with his specific personality for every occasion. Literature, like virtue, does not thrive in an atmosphere where the devil is not recognized as existing both in himself and as a dramatic necessity for the writer.

Poet’s Choice by Edward Hirsch. Most of the short chapters spotlight poets and a poem or two. But he also has chapters called “Reading” and “Psalms.” What I like best about this book is the translations of poetry into English. There is something I can’t put my finger on that I like about translated poetry.