Back in the spring I was writing an article about Catholicism in the South, and I was looking for a way to cover Flannery O’Connor. I hadn’t read much of her stuff. I randomly came across a review of Hillbilly Thomist by Marion Montgomery in First Things. I found out later that was the only publication that ran a review of the book. I contacted the publisher to interview Montgomery not knowing who I was interviewing except that he had written a book about Flannery O’Connor. Our first conversation had enough material for three articles. I posted the interview that ran in the National Catholic Register. A longer piece is scheduled to run in Catholic World Report later this year. Mr. Montgomery and I have exchanged a number of letters, and he’s kept me up to date about his newest book on Nathanial Hawthorne.
If you look to the left on this blog and see the links to the Summa and Walter Farrell’s Companion to the Summa, those are a direct result of my contact with Mr. Montgomery–himself a HillBilly Thomist.