The summer after I graduated from college, I decided it was time to read all of O'Connor's stories. I read one per day. That was a good pace, as it allowed me to give each story its due but also keep some momentum through the book. Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner's book, A Proper Scaring, has excellent commentary on almost all the stories, plus the novels. (She says that the fake leg represents Hulga's hollow philosophy, and once it is removed, Hulga is put in a position where she must depend on something else. This is O'Connor's great theme: grace through violence.) Speaking of the novels... It's been a day since I listened to the podcast, but I don't think they were even mentioned!
Jonas_MN I like Baumgaertner's book, though I think it puts O'Connor into a little too neat of a system. I wrote a paper in graduate school arguing that stories like "Everything That Rises Must Converge" are a species of self-condemnation for trying to teach the reader "a lesson." I deal with "Wise Blood" in my dissertation, so I imagine that'll come up whenever we have that episode. I haven't read "Everything That Rises" in years but do not remember enjoying it. O'Connor was best when she kept it short, as far as I can tell.
Jonas_MN Two reasons for that, Jonas: 1) Even with just 3 stories and an essay, we were clocking in close to an hour and a half (we had to have an emergency huddle at the hour-and-ten mark and decide to cut out "Everything that Rises Must Converge") 2) Since I was at the helm, and I've not read O'Connor's novels, I didn't want to make Michial (and possibly David) discuss things with which I'm not familiar.