Compiled Interviews

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  • 04 Sep 2014 at 2:48 pm #5816


    Hope this is of use to some of you guys. The one interview I can’t find anywhere is McCarthy’s 2005 interview with Vanity Fair, occasioned by NCFOM. Could somebody post a link or send me a copy?

    Video interview, Spanish (2013) ;

    Rolling Stone profile (2007)

    WSJ Interview (2007)

    NY Times Interview (1992)

    04 Sep 2014 at 3:13 pm #5817

    04 Sep 2014 at 4:05 pm #5819


    Nice compilation. Much thanks!

    Coincidentally, I’ve been ordering magazines in which the McCarthy interviews appeared. Last week I received the Rolling Stone from 2007, and the Vanity Fair piece from 2005 is supposed to be on its way. I would love to have original hard copies of the WSJ interview and the 1992 NYT for the first Woodward interview. At any rate, thanks for the links. The RS interview was my intro into McCarthy back in ’07, fwiw. I thought, “Hmm, this guy sounds interesting.” So I read Blood Meridian.

    05 Sep 2014 at 4:39 pm #5822


    For those of y’all that read German, here’s a link to a profile/interview Cormac did with der Spiegel in 1992.

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    05 Sep 2014 at 4:40 pm #5823

    08 Sep 2014 at 7:25 pm #5838

    Candy Minx

    You’re missing one of McCarthy’s earliest published interviews.

    It’s not a very big interview. A friend of mine used to work at Coach House Books in Toronto which was associated with the small group of folks who wrote and published <i>Brick</i> magazine. A lot of people are surprised that I had read Blood Meridian right as it was published and one of the reasons it came into my life is an offshoot of spending many irreplaceable magic hours at Coach House Press. (if Rick Wallach is around….John and I really should have taken you there) John Vanderheide and I have a funny little connection between us of Coach House Books long before we met here at the forum.

    If you have a moment…googling “coach house press or books” and clicking on “images” will give you a great impression of the kind of oddball, alternative, experimental joint of a living museum it is.

    I had recalled an interview with McCarthy and couldn’t find it so I called up a woman at the magazine and she had no idea they had such an interview in their publishing history. She couldn’t sell me an archived copy that she tracked down but she did send me a transcript of the essay and short interview. I sent an email of it to a few people here. I don’t know, maybe last year or so.

    Excerpted from <i>Brick 27</i>, Spring 1986 called “Rash Undertakings” by Leon Rooke

    ‘I reached McCarthy by phone in Texas and put it to him that perhaps the public found his tales a mite bleak. “Jolly tales,” he said, “are not what it is all about. My feeling is that all good literature is bleak. When a work gets a certain gloss on it with age, and the current reality of it is dulled, then we can say what has and what does not have the true tragic face. I’m guided by the sweep and grandeur of classical tragedy. Mine are the conditions common to people everywhere and finally the work has little to do with any personal aberration of the characters.”

    I suggested that perhaps one reason his work has not secured its deserved audience was that his characters were indeed cast adrift in some ‘unanimous dark of the world’ within a ‘lethal environment’ which offered neither relief nor instruction, re-wheel times, time without mercy, time presided over by the implacable face of Nothingness, with a will to survive, fortitude, as the only and last testament. Whereas today’s reader wanted events explained, lamented, accounted for; Lester is the way he is because he comes from a broken home, his parents whipped him, he had no shoes until he was ten years old.

    “I don’t doubt it,” McCarthy said, “Modern readers are a lot more familiar with Freud than Sophocles.”

    I asked him how difficult he finds it to write these amazing novels. “I work on each for several years,” he said, “and am brought to the brink of innumerable suicides. I want, even for the worst of the characters, grace under pressure, some slinking nobility.”

    I asked him what he had been reading lately.

    “I’ve just finished <i>Shakespeare and the Common Understanding,”</i> he said. “And one of your guys, Michael On-? How do you say it?”


    “That’s right. Ondaatje. Wonderful stuff.”

    So the circle, in this nicest of ways, came round.’

    08 Sep 2014 at 7:27 pm #5839

    Candy Minx

    Ugh…I have no idea how to use this forum….sorry for the html shit.

    03 Nov 2014 at 3:52 pm #6035


    Candy Minx,

    Thankyou so much for that excerpt. I have a favour to ask (I hope you don’t think it impertinent) – would it be possible for you to send me a copy of the full text? I am writing on McCarthy and tragedy at the moment, and I am interested to read the rest. (I imagine this is all there is to the interview though.) I am new to McCarthy, but the more time I spend thinking about his novels (those I have read), the more the scope expands! Anyway, my email is mrjepson AT students DOT latrobe DOT edu DOT au

    Mel Jepson

    12 Feb 2017 at 4:19 pm #8841

    vike savoth

    I realize rolling stone and ny times and Wall Street journal allate entitked to have me buy a subscription for the privilege of perusing his interviews, but in the spirit of sharing, could anyone provide me with texts of these interviews? Purely personal
    Pleasure. Vike @ me dot com

    12 Feb 2017 at 5:28 pm #8845



    Does anyone know of an interview in which McCarthy actually told of building a fireplace with bricks from James Agee’s Knoxville home? The anecdote has been republished scores of times; for example, David Davis, in “Death in Knoxville” (Southern Literary Journal, Fall 2011), states that the Agee brick story is “one of the few personal anecdotes McCarthy has shared publically.” But citations never lead back to an actual McCarthy quote or interview. If you know the origin of this story, please let me know.

    Thanks for your help.

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