Flannery’s horror

We’re reading a collection of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories for the parish book club this month.  I’d only tried to read her novels before and found them too grotesque to make much sense of, but in these short stories the grotesquerie makes sense.  She’s not so clumsy and dim-witted that she has to mutilate people or invent scary monsters to tell her horror stories; she knows that true horror lives in the ordinary human soul.

Wendell Berry

This comes to mind every time I hear about the laws of supply and demand:

Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand. It is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy. –Wendell Berry, Economy and Pleasure in What are People For? p. 135 (1990).