Combines the intensity and intentions of a true scholar with the hormonal passions of a Justin Bieber fan.

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CORMAC MCCARTHY'S HOUSE

READING MCCARTHY WITHOUT WALLS

A painter, filmmaker, author and Cormac McCarthy authority/scholar/fan/groupie (Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy, 2010) offers a gumbo of McCarthy interviews, reflections, paeans and analyses.

The title alludes to the original 1998 exhibition of Josyph paintings—scores of images, all of McCarthy’s former house in El Paso, Texas. After a rambling introduction that insists we ought to pay more attention to McCarthy’s full title of Blood Meridian Or The Evening Redness in the West, Josyph commences a series of conversations with other McCarthyites. The author walks the streets of Knoxville, Tenn., with Merle Morrow, who knows all the McCarthy connections there. Then it’s a long conversation with stage director Tom Cornford about directing McCarthy—with special attention to his The Sunset Limited. Next: a lengthy exchange (email? fax? letter?) between the author and Marty Priola, a friend who set up the McCarthy Society website. They discuss The Crossing, sort of, though the conversations drift here and there—with occasional discussions about a dream woman named Heather, about Al Pacino’s capacity to play McCarthy and about theology (they exchange some sharp words in these passages). In the second part of his work, Josyph focuses on his McCarthy paintings, some sightings of his hero and a phone conversation with him. The author records his extensive travels to other writers’ homes (Poe’s in Fordham among them), reveals his liberal politics and vast reading, and displays an impressive self-regard, even for a memoirist. The lone constant here: an unbridled admiration for McCarthy, whom he praises continually and labels “a rarefied genius.”

Combines the intensity and intentions of a true scholar with the hormonal passions of a Justin Bieber fan.

Pub Date: March 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-292-74429-5

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Univ. of Texas

Review Posted Online: Dec. 27, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2013

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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