Cormac McCarthy Bombs on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’

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Cormac McCarthy Bombs on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’
6/6/07

When Oprah Winfrey announced a few months ago that the selection of Cormac McCarthy's The Road for her book club meant that Winfrey would air a televised interview with McCarthy, excitement in the literary community was high. After all, McCarthy's a genius.

Given the potentially historical nature of this interview, we had been surprised that it had been so underplayed. Television listings barely mentioned it; it wasn't even the lead feature on yesterday's show, playing second fiddle to an interview with documentarian Michael Moore. But upon watching the interview last night, we figured out why Winfrey made so little hay over her unbelievable get: The interview was awful, and she knew it.

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My question is what's anything from the mind of Cormac McCarhty doing in the Oprah book club?!

I guess such things is bound to happen when you're that pretty of a writer. Just ask Joseph Conrad! He and them silly seafarin' tales! Hell, even the academy is no better. If they've been sayin for fifty years that Heart of Darkness is about race and imperialism then I bet they're explaining McCarthy right now just about the way Oprah was expecting he himself to! Lolz. I may not understand McCarthy well myself, but I can tell you this much: He's not trying to make life any easier for folks in book clubs.
By dm_50c617ba16a26 2 years ago
Uhh... what? Are you retarded? How the fuck is this interview "bombed"?
By rjcripe 2 years ago
The idiot who said McCarthy bombed here wouldn't get his books anyway, so no loss. He is exactly the sort of man I expected him to be after reading his work - thoughtful, quietly engaging and funny, completely honest. Or did they use the word 'bomb' to suck people into watching this clip?
By Krisstoffel 3 years ago
It's disrespectful and shameful to say he bombed. This man is clearly gifted, and he is more than cooperative and responsive to Oprah. She, on the other hand, is a little offensive with her loud aggressive glibness. She does not come across as sincere or caring, but McCarthy does come across as very caring and sensitive.
By johnuio 4 years ago
I don't believe he bombed at all. He spoke honestly, was very down-to-earth and human. In terms of substance, 'twas very laudable. I love the subtlety and simplicity of his depth--it wasn't about hype and grand declarations.
Also, I must say he's remarkable--sticking to what he loves (or likes very much, as he says), living in poverty, (...couldn't even buy toothpaste) refusing to work for anyone else because he believed it was not the life for him, that writing was the life for him -- How many of us can claim that kind of integrity? I mean, really, how many of us have given up or set aside what we truly care about in order to prioritize what society (and let's face it--along with most of humanity) considers expedient--employment, convenience, comfort, mere (sometimes empty) survival.
He established it at the beginning of the interview--he didn't really need to talk about his books, didn't really need to talk about his life--and so he answered so plainly, without frills
By March Antolini 4 years ago
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