Friday, March 30, 2012
Friday Reading Assignment: Southern Gothic
It's spring, everybody is busy and distracted and probably on spring break. Let's do a short story this week. I recently read Bride of the Innisfallen by Eudora Welty, a collection of stories published in the 1950's. The first story, called "No Place for You, My Love" is today's assignment. Anything by Eudora Welty is excellent, but I chose this story because the writing is so evocative of the deep south. The plot is secondary--a man and a woman, each involved in relationships with other people, meet in New Orleans and go for a drive, heading south. One of the characters wonders if there is anything south of New Orleans, something the reader might wonder as well. This story contains some of the best descriptive writing I've ever read. You become completely immersed and even now, weeks after I read the story, I can still feel it.