My good friend (and soon to be Nashville re-neighbor) Ryan Parrish shared this Cormac McCarthy interview with me months ago. Starting with No Country for Old Men, I’ve been on a three-month McCarthy binge and, having just started ‘The Border Trilogy’ with All The Pretty Horses, the immersion isn’t letting up anytime soon. A rare willing subject for interviews, this Wall Street Journal piece is humorous and revealing, and contains several quotes that could’ve come straight from his harrowing, bleak tales:
WSJ: How does that ticking clock affect your work? Does it make you want to write more shorter pieces, or to cap things with a large, all-encompassing work?
CM: I’m not interested in writing short stories. Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.