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Cormac McCarthy's house : reading McCarthy without walls /
Peter Josyph.
edition
First edition.
imprint
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2013.
description
x, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0292744293 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780292744295 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2013.
isbn
0292744293 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780292744295 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
8853836
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-274) and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2013-08-01:
Filmmaker, artist, and writer Josyph has made a name for himself in Cormac McCarthy scholarship over the years, as a scholar and regular keynote speaker for the fervent band of enthusiasts known as the Cormac McCarthy Society. In this work Josyph confronts that challenge to unlock new terrain on McCarthy by offering up a multi-voiced, multimedia exploration of the renowned writer's craft. Included are pictures of McCarthy while in the thrall of creating Blood Meridian, comments by actors and directors who have brought McCarthy's work to screen, and an analysis centering on the writer's onetime house in El Paso. The book is a patchwork of personal reflections, related images, geographical explorations, and insightful and ranging analysis. Of particular interest is the lengthy exchange between Josyph and Marty Priola, creator of the Internet home for the Cormac McCarthy Society, regarding The Crossing, woefully under-read and arcane. Here, Josyph perfectly illustrates the antagonistic and diverse perspectives that McCarthy's work invites and inspires. The volume is not the best starting point for neophytes, but for experienced practitioners and well-read fans it unlocks dynamic, disparate terrain. An engaging addition to the ongoing McCarthy conversation, the book is surprising and unique in the best possible ways. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and writers. E. Hage SUNY Cobleskill
Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-06-15:
Author, artist, and film director Josyph (Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy; Acting McCarthy: The Making of Billy Bob Thornton's All the Pretty Horses) moves away from hard-core criticism to an appreciation of McCarthy's life and achievements, presented in a idiosyncratic format. It begins with the frequent omission of the subtitle of McCarthy's novel Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West in reviews and critical studies, followed by random thoughts on the physical cover of the book, the author's photograph, etc. Josyph then takes the reader on a walk through Knoxville, TN (the setting for the novel Suttree), with his friend Wesley Morgan. Next is an interview with the British director Tom Cornford on mounting McCarthy's play The Sunset Limited, with an extended piece on the television movie version. The reader must plow through an overlong correspondence between Josyph and friend Marty Priola on McCarthy's The Crossing. And so it continues, ending with Josyph's art exhibition (Cormac McCarthy's House) and the ways in which artists approach their canvasses. In between are Josyph's opinions on a wide range of topics, such as 9/11 and Texas politics. VERDICT This melange is recommended for McCarthy devotees only (there is a Cormac McCarthy Society). For more focused criticism on the author and his work, read Cormac McCarthy, edited by Harold Bloom, Critical Insights: Cormac McCarthy, edited by David N. Cremean, and other book-length studies by Lydia R. Cooper and Kenneth Lincoln. Though written in an entertaining fashion, Josyph's book is of marginal interest.-Morris Hounion, New York City Technical Coll. Lib., CUNY, Brooklyn (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Kirkus Reviews, April 2013
Library Journal, June 2013
Choice, August 2013
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Summaries
Main Description
Novelist Cormac McCarthy's brilliant and challenging work demands deep engagement from his readers. In Cormac McCarthy's House , author, painter, photographer, and actor-director Peter Josyph draws on a wide range of experience to pose provocative, unexpected questions about McCarthy's work, how it is achieved, and how it is interpreted.As a visual artist, Josyph wrestles with the challenge of rendering McCarthy's former home in El Paso as a symbol of a great writer's workshop. As an actor and filmmaker, he analyses the high art of Tommy Lee Jones in The Sunset Limited and No Country for Old Men . Invoking the recent suicide of a troubled friend, he grapples with the issue of "our brother's keeper" in The Crossing and The Sunset Limited . But for Josyph, reading the finest prose-poet of our day is a project into which he invites many voices, and his investigations include a talk with Mark Morrow about photographing McCarthy while he was writing Blood Meridian ; an in-depth conversation with director Tom Cornford on the challenges of staging The Sunset Limited and The Stonemason ; a walk through the streets, waterfronts, and hidden haunts of Suttree with McCarthy scholar and Knoxville resident Wesley Morgan; insights from the cast of The Gardener's Son about a controversial scene in that film; actress Miriam Colon's perspective on portraying the Dueña Alfonsa opposite Matt Damon in All the Pretty Horses ; and a harsh critique of Josyph's views on The Crossing by McCarthy scholar Marty Priola, which leads to a sometimes heated debate. Illustrated with thirty-one photographs, Josyph's unconventional journeys into the genius of Cormac McCarthy form a new, highly personal way of appreciating literary greatness.
Main Description
Novelist Cormac McCarthy's brilliant and challenging work demands deep engagement from his readers. In Cormac McCarthy's House, author, painter, photographer, and actor-director Peter Josyph draws on a wide range of experience to pose provocative, unexpected questions about McCarthy's work, how it is achieved, and how it is interpreted. As a visual artist, Josyph wrestles with the challenge of rendering McCarthy's former home in El Paso as a symbol of a great writer's workshop. As an actor and filmmaker, he analyses the high art of Tommy Lee Jones in The Sunset Limited and No Country for Old Men. Invoking the recent suicide of a troubled friend, he grapples with the issue of "our brother's keeper" in The Crossing and The Sunset Limited. But for Josyph, reading the finest prose-poet of our day is a project into which he invites many voices, and his investigations include a talk with Mark Morrow about photographing McCarthy while he was writing Blood Meridian; an in-depth conversation with director Tom Cornford on the challenges of staging The Sunset Limited and The Stonemason; a walk through the streets, waterfronts, and hidden haunts of Suttree with McCarthy scholar and Knoxville resident Wesley Morgan; insights from the cast of The Gardener's Son about a controversial scene in that film; actress Miriam Colon's perspective on portraying the Dueña Alfonsa opposite Matt Damon in All the Pretty Horses; and a harsh critique of Josyph's views on The Crossing by McCarthy scholar Marty Priola, which leads to a sometimes heated debate. Illustrated with thirty-one photographs, Josyph's unconventional journeys into the genius of Cormac McCarthy form a new, highly personal way of appreciating literary greatness.
Main Description
Novelist Cormac McCarthy’s brilliant and challenging work demands deep engagement from his readers. In Cormac McCarthy’s House, author, painter, photographer, and actor-director Peter Josyph draws on a wide range of experience to pose provocative, unexpected questions about McCarthy’s work, how it is achieved, and how it is interpreted. As a visual artist, Josyph wrestles with the challenge of rendering McCarthy’s former home in El Paso as a symbol of a great writer’s workshop. As an actor and filmmaker, he analyzes the high art of Tommy Lee Jones in The Sunset Limited and No Country for Old Men. Invoking the recent suicide of a troubled friend, he grapples with the issue of “our brother’s keeper” in The Crossing and The Sunset Limited. But for Josyph, reading the finest prose-poet of our day is a project into which he invites many voices, and his investigations include a talk with Mark Morrow about photographing McCarthy while he was writing Blood Meridian; an in-depth conversation with director Tom Cornford on the challenges of staging The Sunset Limited and The Stonemason; a walk through the streets, waterfronts, and hidden haunts of Suttree with McCarthy scholar and Knoxville resident Wesley Morgan; insights from the cast of The Gardener’s Son about a controversial scene in that film; actress Miriam Colon’s perspective on portraying the Dueña Alfonsa opposite Matt Damon in All the Pretty Horses; and a harsh critique of Josyph’s views on The Crossing by McCarthy scholar Marty Priola, which leads to a sometimes heated debate. Illustrated with thirty-one photographs, Josyph’s unconventional journeys into the genius of Cormac McCarthy form a new, highly personal way of appreciating literary greatness.
Main Description
Novelist Cormac McCarthy’s brilliant and challenging work demands deep engagement from his readers. In Cormac McCarthy’s House, author, painter, photographer, and actor-director Peter Josyph draws on a wide range of experience to pose provocative, unexpected questions about McCarthy’s work, how it is achieved, and how it is interpreted. As a visual artist, Josyph wrestles with the challenge of rendering McCarthy’s former home in El Paso as a symbol of a great writer’s workshop. As an actor and filmmaker, he analyzes the high art of Tommy Lee Jones in The Sunset LimitedandNo Country for Old Men. Invoking the recent suicide of a troubled friend, he grapples with the issue of “our brother’s keeper” inThe CrossingandThe Sunset Limited. But for Josyph, reading the finest prose-poet of our day is a project into which he invites many voices, and his investigations include a talk with Mark Morrow about photographing McCarthy while he was writingBlood Meridian; an in-depth conversation with director Tom Cornford on the challenges of stagingThe Sunset LimitedandThe Stonemason; a walk through the streets, waterfronts, and hidden haunts ofSuttreewith McCarthy scholar and Knoxville resident Wesley Morgan; insights from the cast ofThe Gardener’s Sonabout a controversial scene in that film; actress Miriam Colon’s perspective on portraying the Dueña Alfonsa opposite Matt Damon inAll the Pretty Horses; and a harsh critique of Josyph’s views onThe Crossing by McCarthy scholar Marty Priola, which leads to a sometimes heated debate. Illustrated with thirty-one photographs, Josyph’s unconventional journeys into the genius of Cormac McCarthy form a new, highly personal way of appreciating literary greatness.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Excursions and Exchangesp. 1
Judging Blood Meridian Or The Evening Redness in the West by Its Coverp. 3
A Walk with Wesley Morgan through Suttree's Knoxvillep. 33
Believing in The Sunset Limited: A Talk with Tom Cornford on Directing McCarthyp. 61
"Now Let s Talk about The Crossing": An Exchange with Marty Priolap. 89
The Author as Visual Motifp. 183
Cormac McCarthy's House: A Memoirp. 185
Resolution 158p. 187
Finding the Wherep. 201
Collaborating with Godp. 217
Because the Easel Rocksp. 221
San Jacinto Plazap. 237
Cormac McCarthy's Housep. 245
Epilogue: Two Hemingwaysp. 249
Notesp. 255
Works Citedp. 269
Acknowledgmentsp. 275
Indexp. 277
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