Read Robert Giroux's complete introduction to Flannery O'Connor's collection of short stories. Elie notes that it's possibly the best opening to a book he's ever read.
Art, life, and religious faith converge in Paul Elie's unusual biography of the intersecting stories of four literary Americans of the 20th century: Trappist monk Thomas Merton, social activist Dorothy Day, and fiction writers Walker Percy and Flannery O'Connor. "Certain books, certain writers," Elie says, "reach us at the center of ourselves."
Krista and Paul Elie discuss the nature of Thomas Merton's practice of detachment
In this audio clip not included in the broadcast, Krista and Paul Elie discuss the nature of Thomas Merton's practice of detachment, which, Elie says, led Merton to a much broader view of faith and religious practice.
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