June 5, get thee to a post office to grab the new Flannery O’Connor Forever stamp. The art is being issued as part of the United States Postal Service’s Literary Arts series, and it's looking good. So, yes, if you're thinking what I'm thinking, you can mail back all your wedding RSVPs (yep, it’s that time of the year again) with a bite-sized, sticky-backed portrait of one of the brassiest women to ever wield a pen.
This new stamp boasts more than just the pretty face of an awesome woman writer, though. Worth $0.93 cents, The Flannery O’Connor Forever stamp will actually allow you use a single stamp for mail up to 3 ounces, instead of the usual 1 ounce limit.
O’Connor will join eight other literary ladies who’ve graced a stamp in the 30-year-old history of the Literary Arts series. O’Connor is likely the strangest choice, though. A Georgia native, she typically put her pen to work crafting dark, sardonic short stories about her fellow Southerners. And her characters were usually a whole lot of weird and sometimes creepy. Nonetheless, she was a master of her craft. (Oh, and if you’re wondering about the peacock feathers in the background of the stamp, well, O’Connor apparently had a thing for exotic birds.)
Now, go buy a roll and mail extra-heavy letters to your heart’s content, while imagining how Flannery O’Connor would probably have something amazingly cheeky to say the fact that you just read an article about a stamp.
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