In July of this year, the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney sponsored and hosted Cormac McCarthy: Borders and Landscapes. This conference drew an international collection of scholars who presented a tremendous set of papers. Cormac McCarthy Society members and officers presented essays and keynotes, and the conference featured a series of original artworks by Peter Josyph entitled The Lost Blood Meridian Notebook. Thanks to all who made this remarkable event possible, particularly Anthony Uhlmann and Lou Jillett of the University of Western Sydney. The Cormac McCarthy Society looks forward to a long association with our colleagues in Australia.
Note from the President: University of Western Sydney Sponsors The International Conference Cormac McCarthy: Borders and Landscapes
The Cormac McCarthy Society will sponsor one to two panels at the American Literature Symposium: God and the American Writer. The conference will be held in San Antonio Texas from February 26-28, 2015. Please send one page abstracts to Steven Frye by November 1, 2014.
For those of you who haven’t been paying close attention to the Forum, you may have missed this post the other day about the test footage from James Franco’s apparently aborted film version of Blood Meridian: Or The Evening Redness in the West. The footage is here, and it includes a few remarks by Franco.
Several of our members are en route and/or have recently arrived in Sydney, Austraila for our first conference in Australia, Cormac McCarthy: Borders and Landscapes. Rick Wallach promises to blog the event here.
And finally, Cormac McCarthy turned 81 on Sunday, July 20. We wish him a belated Happy Birthday, even though not everyone around here was as belated as Your Humble Webmaster.
Stacey Peebles, editor of The Cormac McCarthy Journal, has an exciting update for us:
I’m happy to announce that beginning in 2015, The Cormac McCarthy Journal will be published by Penn State University Press, which will be a boon for us in terms of design, prestige, visibility, production assistance, and availability in libraries and databases like JSTOR. Although our upcoming 2014 issue will be published before Penn State UP takes over our hard-copy production, we have already worked together to create a website for CMJ on their journals page. Clicking “Submissions” on that site will take you to our new online submissions website for the journal. Although I’m still happy to field inquiries from my gmail address as I’ve done in the past, I’ll now direct submissions to the website, as well as use the site for readers’ reports as much as possible. We also have a new email address specifically for the journal.
Access to previously published articles will soon be available through JSTOR (and hopefully MUSE) links on our Penn State UP website. When those links have been established, we’ll take down our old journal website, which has been hosted by the Texas Digital Library.
Members of The Cormac McCarthy Society who pay for “Membership with Journal” will continue to receive a subscription at no extra cost, and Penn State UP will handle subscriptions for non-member individuals as well as institutions.
This has all been possible because the community of McCarthy scholars has produced such great work over the years, and because there’s so much still to be done! Thanks to everyone who has supported CMJ by submitting work, commenting on others’ essays, subscribing, and reading with interest. Here’s to keeping the critical conversation going!
Society member Wes Morgan, our resident Knoxville expert, tells us that John Hannifin passed away on April 25, and he was interred yesterday at Calvary Cemetery.
Fans of Suttree may remember Hannifin as Big Frig; he appears a few times in the novel. See pages 192 and 456 in the Vintage edition.
You can view the obituary here.
Thanks to Peter Josyph for the image that accompanies this piece.
Since I can’t make our forums run in reverse chronological order, I’ve added pagination so that you won’t have to scroll through all the posts to get to the end.
It’s a simple solution, and it may not work, but please let me know if it’s an improvement.
I have also (just now) added some limited last post read functionality. I’ll probably be playing with that over the next few weeks, but notice the little arrow to the right of each topic. That means you have unread posts there. Play around and see how it works for you.
I’m looking to add a mark all topics read button or the like, but not sure how that works just yet.
In the March 28 edition of The Times Literary Supplement, Peter Quinn tackles two recent works of McCarthy scholarship: Peter Josyph’s Cormac McCarthy’s House: Reading McCarthy without walls and The Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy, edited by Society President Steven Frye. Quinn’s review, “Art of Burnt Wood” is not freely available, but he has positive thoughts about both works.
Both books are available via our association with Amazon.com.
Update: We believe the recent bookshop issues have been resolved.
If you experience any problem with the bookshop, please drop me an email.
As Rick Wallach mentioned earlier today on the Forum:
In January 2014, Stacey Peebles is teaching a three-week McCarthy-intensive course at Centre College, and in association with that class, she’s arranging a production of The Sunset Limited. The show will run for three nights, January 16-18, in Weisiger Theatre, a 360-seat theater-in-the-round on campus. Peter Josyph will star as White, and Stephen Dupree (who played the role in Knoxville, winning the approval of Wesley Morgan and Dennis McCarthy) will star as Black. Patrick Kagan-Moore, a Centre drama prof, will direct, and Centre students will crew the show. Stacey got the idea when watching [Kagan-Moore’s] production of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, which has a few distinctly McCarthyesque touches. Tickets will likely be priced at $10.
Centre College is in Danville, Kentucky, about 45 minutes south of Lexington. If you’re fond of bourbon and/or horses in addition to star-studded McCarthy plays, it’s a nice place to visit.
I should also take a moment to plug another production of The Sunset Limited, which is currently running in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Fridays and Saturdays through October 13; for more details, visit Piano Man Pictures or the production’s Facebook page.