Everything That Rises Must Converge: Potentially the Greatest Short Story Ever Written
If you have never read “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” stop what you’re doing, cancel your plans for the next hour, and read it. Here, I’ll even help you out with a link to an online copy. You’re so very welcome.
Flannery O’Connor may have written the greatest short story ever to be told when she penned this masterpiece. If it’s not the greatest, it’s still certainly within the top ten. The plot deals with a hateful and internally brooding son taking a bus ride with his racist mother to get her to an exercise class. What ensues along the way, and most prevalently, at the end of the bus ride, is unforgettable.
Simply put, this is a short story where everything is about appearances–literally and otherwise. Actions done out of spite quickly lose their merit as the lines blur between sincerity and self-involvement. The ending kills it. Now go read. I refuse to tell you anything more.