Cormac McCarthy Turns 80

The year Cormac McCarthy was born, FM radio and the stereo record were invented.

The source for the above happens to incorrectly cite 1936 as the year Samuel Colt patented the Colt revolver. Even though the Colt was invented 97 years before McCarthy was born and not when he was three, McCarthy would certainly make good use of the Colt (and any other weapons found lying about) in Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West.

On Cormac McCarthy’s birthday in 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

I had thought to mention a few things that weren’t invented when McCarthy was born, but you can look those things up easily. Instead, I’ll say that Cormac McCarthy turns 80 with one of the most anticipated works of his career, The Counselor, only months away from release.

His next novel (as much as these things can be predicted), The Passenger, may not be far off. Ditto the filmed adaptation of Child of God.

We hear he’s working on at least three other novels.

For Cormac McCarthy at 80, slowing down doesn’t appear to be the plan. We wish him happy birthday, good health, and continued success.

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