Current Events — April Showers & May Flowers

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  • 25 Feb 2013 at 10:41 am #3041

    leedriver
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    It’s the format. It’s like the old neighborhood disappeared.


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    25 Feb 2013 at 11:31 am #3042

    Richard L.
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    Well, yes, it is partly the format, but mostly because “the fighting Cormackians,” like the author himself, have aged or at least matured.  Some have been lost forever.  Then too, there is now this great wealth of crit-lit about McCarthy’s works, making them less mysterious and more accessible.  We get fewer and fewer scholars airing potential interpretations here.  There was a time when few knew the name Cormac McCarthy.  Now it is rare to find someone who doesn’t know the name, and often they have read one or two of the novels.

    Academia itself has changed and is changing even more as universities become more corporate and money-driven.  The internet has changed publishing and reading habits forever.  Most of this seems bad to us old timers, but there may be some good in this too.

    Fashions change, but the classics remain classics because they are universal mirrors that reflect back upon all times.  And McCarthy’s works are classics.


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    25 Feb 2013 at 11:36 am #3044

    leedriver
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    …and, no new works.


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    26 Feb 2013 at 9:56 am #3054

    Mike
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    I’ve thought about the new format change, and I think that the change has nothing to do with the silence on forum.  As usual, we blame the technology and not the users.  Being guilty myself on occasion, I can firmly say that we(layman and professionals alike) like to re-write McCarthy’s books here on the forum and in print.  We “chatter”- however, we don’t get to the narratives.  When we get “tired” or feel our individual interpretation has been hammered-home  or when we “scream” loud enough we feel as if we’ve “discussed” something.  In a way the “organic” format has been able to handle the looming specter of theory, however, our ideas about interpretation are still a bit off-base.  Speaking for myself, I truly think we are still looking at the tip of the iceberg; the iceberg, of course, being McCarthy’s writings.  As soon as we realize the “author” is alive, I think we can get some more dialogue going.

    “The rest is silence”-


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    07 Mar 2013 at 12:02 pm #3188

    Ken
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    Greg: I finally got around to reading the two articles you linked, about the costs and financing of a college education nowadays. I then did a geeky thing for my own edification: I went into the Bureau of Labor Statistics website to obtain historical annual Consumer Price Index data to calculate various cumulative inflation rates from the 1970s! The decade of 1974-1983 was a period of runaway inflation, at 10%+ per year for some years, and 6%-9% in the other years. Hence, it would make a big difference if you establish the base at, say, 1974 instead of 1979. Enough of this geek talk! Any way you look at it, college education costs have soared way beyond general inflation by a wide margin, by 12x as compared to 3.5x-4.5x from the 1970s to today.

    One big problem I sensed even in my college days is the bureaucratization of college. At the time I felt that the college was capable of existing and sustaining itself even if it cut out all students and teachers, and I feel that’s even truer today. Compensation for teachers (excluding tenured) remains low, while administrative compensation has soared, along with a staff growing twofold relative to teachers, so a big part of the soaring costs of college is funding the bureaucracy.

    For some time now, I’ve believed that a truer classroom education can be had outside the institutionalized college, with just informal gatherings of teachers and students, cut out the administrative middleman, especially in this day and age with the internet — hey, I learned a lot over the last decade just hanging out here! Of course, there is no “accreditation” that prospective employers require which a college could provide, but I think that’s a different issue: employability rather than enlightenment. A real education is invaluable yet inexpensive; a formal education is bogus and overpriced.

    That physicist and performance artist continued with his pointless presentation in his follow-up lecture, though he kept his pants on, but he disallowed students’ use of cameras in class and had student IDs checked at the door to bar access of those who didn’t pay to attend — sounds more like a rock concert in the 1970s than a science class. The only thing he revealed is that his class is bogus. This is a general science class required of all students, usually taken in the freshman year. (This was not a required course when I was a student there; the course didn’t even exist.) This is a 4-point course, and at slightly more than $1,500 per point, and with slightly more than 1,000 entering freshmen, the university rakes in more than $6 million per year from this course (spread over two semesters), so why dispose of such a sweet deal? Doesn’t matter if students get nothing out of it.

    No, you didn’t fail physics; you were just emulating McCarthy! My professor demonstrated angular momentum sitting on a rotating chair (as yours did) while holding and spinning and shifting a bicycle wheel. He kept his pants on.


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    23 Apr 2013 at 5:56 pm #3325

    Glass
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    “A rockingchair by the window where an old woman sat slumped…A second shot had marked a date on a calendar on the wall behind her that was three days hence.” (NCFOM 147)

    I was reminded of that description from No Country when I saw this photo of the bullet hole in the calendar at Andrew Kitzenberg’s residence in Watertown, where Kitzenberg was an eyewitness to the gun battle between police and the Boston Marathon suspects in the middle of the night last week:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/AKitz/status/325132600161234944


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    26 Jul 2013 at 9:38 pm #3689

    Ken
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    NY Times: Walter De Maria, Artist on Grand Scale, Dies at 77

    About a decade ago, Christopher D. Campbell published in The Cormac McCarthy Journal his paper: “Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field and McCarthy’s Enigmatic Epilogue: “Y qué clase de lugar es éste?”


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    05 Aug 2013 at 10:55 am #3715

    Smevans
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    I cannot search this site. I try to enter search terms in the top right hand corner ‘search area’ and the site basically freezes. Can anyone address this? Is the site functional to others? Does this indicate a problem with my computer, perhaps?

    Rick? Suzerains?


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    08 Jan 2014 at 10:13 pm #4940

    Ken
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    New York Daily News: Cormac McCarthy’s ex-wife busted after pulling gun from vagina:

    “The Santa Fe couple [Jennifer McCarthy and boyfriend] was feuding over space aliens when Jennifer McCarthy unholstered a handgun from her vagina and threatened the man… The woman started having sex with the handgun, her boyfriend told cops, and asked him, ‘Who is crazy, you or me?.'”

    The source of this article is credited to this report from The Smoking Gun:

    “McCarthy went into her bedroom and later emerged “wearing lingerie and a silver handgun in her vagina.” She then proceeded to “have inner course with the gun”… After removing the gun from her vagina, McCarthy pointed it at her boyfriend’s head…”

    Now I’m starting to wonder if The Counselor is somewhat autobiographical…

    ADD: It’s now reported in many papers, and there’s even a parody; now that’s fast!

    And this event announcement from today’s Metro Pulse has a badly timed headline: Cormac McCarthy International Conference Goes Down Under. Sorry, Rick, etal., that I’m laughing at this, though I’m sure you’re all working hard to put this conference together!


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    09 Jan 2014 at 7:27 am #4942

    Richard L.
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    We know life imitates art and art returns the favor. But…

    The only thing that makes it news is the Cormac McCarthy connection.

    The only criminal act here is a he-said threat of domestic violence.

    The “arguing about aliens” bit suggests a Jerry Springer Show teaser, a press release. A ploy, perhaps the boyfriend’s idea, to make money off the Cormac McCarthy connection? Now, that’s crazy. We’ve seen more detailed stories than this one turn out to be hoax or hype or both.

    Since we have no certified pictures of Jennifer McCarthy we have nothing to compare it to. Hence the picture could be anyone. There are just too many loose ends here.


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