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Jessica Hooten Wilson

Jessica Hooten Wilson
Jessica Hooten Wilson is Associate Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at John Brown University, where she also serves as the Associate Director for the Honors Scholars Program and the Director of Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing and the Arts. She is the author of three books: Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky, Walker Percy, Dostoevsky and the Search for Influence, and A Guide to Walker Percy’s Novels (Coming 2018).
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To read is to become a seraphim, a polyglot, a beneficent hydra. We become more ourselves. We become better selves, better souls. We transcend being merely thinking machines or gluttonous beasts but transform into creative creatures who love, give, and are nourished by beauty...

A rare breed of humans knows the limits of its time and is less concerned with its immediate relevancy and more with what it leaves behind. If we are to cultivate a similar vision, we must learn to be such "dinosaurs"...
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Flannery O’Connor’s fiction teaches us the need for charity toward other points of view, our personal tendency toward blindness, and the benefit of stories to enhance our vision... In 2014, I spoke at the American Embassy in Prague...