Posts Tagged: Cormac McCarthy
Leah Kaminsky’s debut novel, The Waiting Room, depicts one fateful day in the life of an Australian doctor and mother, Dina, living in Haifa, Israel. Dina is trying to maintain normalcy as she goes about her work as a family doctor, cares for her son, and fights to preserve her faltering relationship with her husband, with whom she’s expecting a daughter....more
At the LA Times, Claire Vaye Watkins recounts her realization that she has been writing to appeal to the white male literary establishment:
I am trying to write something urgent, trying to be vulnerable and honest, trying to listen, trying to identify and articulate my innermost feelings, trying to make you feel them too, trying a kind of telepathy.
The rapture may have been a bust, but our obsession with the apocalypse shows no signs of letting up. NPR’s Jason Heller explains why post-apocalyptic fiction will stand the test of time:
The world feels more precariously perched on the lip of the abyss than ever, and facing those fears through fiction helps us deal with it.
A good story resides in a world all its own, and I wanted to have the reader understand quickly what this world was like, a world where some people like Toño “La Perra” Becerra have a hard on for violence and some others, like “The Judge” Vallejo…go about inflicting violence like a sacred, god given duty.
Here’s why I think that Philip Roth and Cormac McCarthy are opposites: Roth is a builder, and McCarthy is a destroyer.
Over at the Ploughshares blog, Lily Meyerin tells us why she thinks that Philip Roth and Cormac McCarthy, named by Harold Bloom as two of the most important living American writers, should be considered “literary enemies.”...more
For Electric Literature, noting that character shrugs and smiles are usually crutches in fiction, Matt Bell analyzes Cormac McCarthy’s use of smiles in Outer Dark, providing “a good reminder that very few rules hold up everywhere, and that great writers are constantly breaking or disregarding the guidelines that get parroted so often in our writing classes.”...more
Combining The Exorcist, New Jersey, and James Baldwin, among other things, Nick Ripatrazone reviews William Giraldi’s new novel, Hold the Dark, at The Millions. He contemplates Giraldi’s place in contemporary Catholic literature, using his fiction, alongside Cormac McCarthy’s and Christopher Beha’s, to draw larger claims on religion, the manifestations of Satan, and realism....more
Chipotle is getting into the publishing business. Vanity Fair reports that the burrito chain’s cups and bags will feature very short stories from authors like Jonathan Safran Foer, Toni Morrison, George Saunders, and others. Shortly after the announcement, Slate published Cormac McCarthy’s “rejected” story....more
There’s this deeply cool new magazine about literature and rock music called Radio Silence, which we reviewed back in June, and they recently posted an essay titled “The Bottom” that will just about cave your head in.
In it, Jim White writes about how a Cormac McCarthy novel saved him from a surreally devastating heartbreak—and plunked him into an equally surreal situation in Knoxville, Tennessee....more
This morning, a Cormac McCarthy impersonator showed up on Twitter, duping some twitterers until Vintage and Anchor confirmed that it was not the real McCarthy. In fact, the writer does not own a computer. You can check out the collection of “fake” tweets....more
In the spirit of taking on literary identities under the guise of an internet profile (like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s famed twitter), there’s another way to take on the writerly stylings of beloved authors. “Yelping With Cormac” is the blog for “Cormac M” who reviews his favorite Bay Area eateries in his best McCarthy-est voice....more
I just found out that James Franco is set to direct the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian which is the most violent novel I’ve ever read.
So I pose the obvious questions: how will he pull it off? Who will play The Judge?...more
Apparently, the normally stone-faced recluse J.M. Coetzee was caught smiling — if only for a second.
I would like to see Coetzee share the podium with Cormac McCarthy one of these days. Although I’m no authority on McCarthy, it strikes me he might be as equally solemn as Coetzee....more
If you’re like me, you grew up running various scenarios about what you’d do if the world were to end. Would you go nuts and run around in a stadium wearing a woman’s slip like the guy in The Quiet Earth?...more
Before I say anything about book blog land today, I want to thank Brian Spears, our Poetry and Saturday Editor here at The Rumpus, for putting together some of the best information on Haiti I’ve been able to find anywhere....more
At The Millions, a handful of writers are throwing down their two cents for the best books of the Millenium so far.
Among the more moving reviews is Bret Anthony Johnson’s elegiac take on McCarthy’s The Road.
I think, in fact, he distills through his appreciation of the novel the most fundamental power of storytelling:
“This is perhaps the most shocking aspect of The Road: what remains, what you remember years after you’ve read the book, is the beauty, the compassion, the relentlessness of possibility that burns on the colorless horizon....more
Robert Olmstead’s new novel demonstrates Robert E. Lee’s maxim: “It is well that war is so horrible, or we would grow to love it too much.”...more
This semester, I decided to teach The Road by Cormac McCarthy. After I got my desk copy, I was sitting on BART, on my way home, and I started rereading the ending to try to figure out how McCarthy made it so moving when the pages building up to it are written in such a spare, Hemingway-esque, reportage style....more