Southern Gothic Author Honored by...Dead End Street (that's spelled wrong, too!)?
OK, OK--this isn't Sin City, but it is true that the most interesting of things can be found almost anywhere. Newport News, Virginia is a typical coastal city with strip malls, nautically themed street names and Army/Navy bases. Outside of various war museums, the Ferguson Center for the Arts and The Living Museum, what other cultural hubs and quirks exist in this city by the sea? Surely no one would expect a shout-out to the Queen of the Grotesque, Southern Gothic writer Flannery O'Connor.
Located in Port Warwick, off of Jefferson Avenue and crossing Loftis Boulevard, is the street named for the "horror" author of what she deemed realism, Flannery O'Connor. The street is within William Styron Square, named after the American novelist, and each street within the square is named after famous literary figures.
The cool factor about this hidden high five to a woman who helped define Gothic Southern literature is just that--it's hidden. The street seems to exist just for the purpose of being. There are no buildings or sites to be seen on Flannery's street.
The catch about the coolness? The sign is spelled wrong! Word nerds who find pleasure in the names of streets lining William Styron Square find it obvious that her last name is spelled wrong--Conner instead of Connor!
Something else that is a mixture between cool and catch, also probably making this realist writer turn in her grave, is the street comes to a complete dead end.