Reading of The Passenger in Santa Fe set for August

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  • 08 Aug 2015 at 3:02 pm #7441

    Rick Wallach
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    Richard – when one thinks about it, it seems like a natural enough evolution of the bipartite structure of No Country.

    BTW still thinking about coming to Memphis? Needless to say we’d love to have you.


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    09 Aug 2015 at 9:20 am #7442

    adrianb
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    Toejac: Please do me a favor and don’t repost these. I’m gonna take em down after a week or two.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDFcLE8bt6E

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgJh-f4rHzs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBsIeD8Q2zQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e5zxuZi1ik

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO9jalTC3ps

    Yes, thanks for posting these! The excerpts read from The Passenger were great. More evidence of McCarthy’s incredible facility for understanding — at that fundamental philosophical level — all manner of scientific problems and ideas you wouldn’t credit him being familiar with. Sounds like it’s going to be a long and complex book (or books).


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    09 Aug 2015 at 11:10 am #7443

    Richard L.
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    Re: BTW still thinking about coming to Memphis?

    Well, the line-up of McCarthy scholars and topics is impressive and intellectually enticing.

    This would be my first McCarthy conference but not my first attendance of such a weekend of topical panel discussions. In my experience, it takes such a magnanimous host such as yourself to serve by example and by an advocacy of a esprit de corps among such academics who each hold sometimes diametrically opposed interpretations of the author’s body of work. But if there, I’d be one of the few attending ALL of the discussions, and finding every one interesting.

    Unfortunately, the conference dates are exactly eclipsed by those of this year’s Boogie in the Bluegrass dancing conference, which I’m at least tentatively committed to attend. If something comes up to prevent my dancing there, I might opt for late registration in Memphis.


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    09 Aug 2015 at 6:21 pm #7444

    Rick Wallach
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    Well, it’s a great thing, the dance. What man would not be a dancer if he could?


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    09 Aug 2015 at 8:02 pm #7445

    asoron0424
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    Terrific recording, thank you so much for posting it!

    Looks like this second volume is another novel in dramatic form. I remember that, in an interview on The Counselor DVD, McCarthy said he was working on one book that was large and another that was quite a bit shorter. Given other remarks he’s made about The Passenger I’m guessing the first volume will be a conventional novel concerning this young woman (who, as he said in the WSJ, is already dead when the novel begins) and this second volume will be a companion piece providing background on what she was like.

    Wondering, though, if a patient-doctor dynamic will give us two wholly-realized characters, like White and Black in Sunset Limited, or if it’s just gonna be a portrait of this woman and a voicebox by which McCarthy can explore this terrain.

    Such a delight to see that, so late in his life, McCarthy’s still taking on ambitious new subjects.


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    10 Aug 2015 at 8:46 am #7447

    cantona
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    Well, here’s hoping it all adds up. Groan.


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    10 Aug 2015 at 8:52 am #7448

    Rick Wallach
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    What’s the “groan” for? You been up all night watching reruns of Pulgasari?


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    10 Aug 2015 at 11:48 pm #7457

    cantona
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    Pulgasari? Isn’t that a type of Korean beef barbeque? The groan refers to my terribly naff McCarthy and Math pun.


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    11 Aug 2015 at 8:04 am #7458

    Richard L.
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    It figures. I have a lot of faith in McCarthy’s love of ambiguity. It seems the math will be presented in ciphers, like the judge’s weight. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the woman was based upon some real personage.


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    11 Aug 2015 at 12:08 pm #7459

    Birne
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    a couple of pics from the event:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/lannan/sets/72157657053650272

    video not online yet…


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