Academic journal article The Cormac McCarthy Journal

Editor's Introduction

Academic journal article The Cormac McCarthy Journal

Editor's Introduction

Article excerpt

Those of us who remember the days when McCarthy was an elusive author-or, further back, when he was a relatively unknown one-would hardly know what to make of the last year. The near-simultaneous publication and film release of The Counselor put McCarthy front and center, and the author himself could be seen in "behind the scenes" teasers for the film, comparing the story to a Greek tragedy. The Wall Street Journal reported his extensive involvement on set, even giving the actors line readings. And at just about the same time, James Franco's adaptation of Child of God hit theaters. Franco went on record (also with The Wall Street Journal) about a conversation with McCarthy, in which Franco asked why McCarthy chose to write a novel about such an unlikeable, difficult character. "I don't know, James," he responded, "probably some dumb-ass reason." I foresee some excellent use of the intentional fallacy in the future.

In the meantime, this issue offers a variety of analyses, beginning with Markus Wierschem's consideration of entropy in The Road, a welcome focus on the "scientific McCarthy" that is picked up on by Ciarán Dowd as well. Rounding out a trilogy of articles on this recent novel is Matthew Fledderjohann's on the influence of Beckett, a line of inquiry begun by William Quirk and Lydia Cooper in previous issues. …

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