Monday, February 13, 2012

Bruce Springsteen and Southern Catholic Authors Walker Percy and Flannery O' Connor

This is nice article over at Powerline . Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy & Bruce Springsteen? Yes.

As to one of these authors:

Flannery O’Connor served Bruce Springsteen as a bearer of a long tradition of naming sin, which she inherited from reading the Bible, as well as the works of Augustine, Aquinas, Dostoevsky, Joyce, Maritan, Gilson, and Chardin, to name but a few. Through her short stories, O’Connor passed on her worldview to Springsteen, which made a significant mark on his song writing, and which continues to influence the likes of U2, Lucinda Williams, PattyGriffin, Josh Ritter, Arcade Fire, and other contemporary artists who also recognize the fallen world and write good music about it. And although it is true that Springsteen may not be a saint, he continues to be a great Catholic songwriter. He proudly professes that Flannery O’Connor left her mark on him: the ability to name sin—a priceless gift to any postmodern writer.

More at the link.


Jim said...

Did you see the LPB special on Walker Percy, very interesting.

James H said...

I did. I am a huge Percey fan. Actually got into him more in After College.

Anonymous said...

I found this post very interesting. I think the person who interviewed Springsteen, Will Percy, taught Stuart
at Christchurch School.