Thursday, February 7, 2008

Cormac McCarthy's Oprah Interview.

I was perusing YouTube and came across Oprah Winfrey's interview with famed author Cormac McCarthy concerning his novel The Road, which Oprah picked for her book club.

It's a great interview. And the person who uploaded it, blocked the interview off into seven different sections. I've set them up for you just in case you don't have the time to view them all.

From what I understand, he doesn't give too many interviews or speeches. So having an hour-long interview into his insights was looked upon as a 'gift' to many people in the writing community. Some people say that Oprah did a terrible job. Personally, I think she did fine. Just like her interview with Wacko Jacko, she asked some tough questions interspersed with some easy, light-hearted ones.

However, she does seem to hang onto the money thing a bit. In Part Two, McCarthy talks about not needing money. Never wanting money. And not wanting to work, ever. I think if you were at a cocktail party or something in the United States and you told someone this, people would spit their martini in your face. You'd be looked upon as a lazy-ass hippy. And considering Oprah is a billionaire who clawed and scratched her way to the top, I'm sure she would be fascinated by this type of mindset.

One thing, I was surprised they didn't talk about the No Country For Old Men film too much. However, this segment is about Cormac and The Road. So I guess it's understandable.

In any event, this is the type of guy I'd like to hang out and have a beer with. He seems down to Earth and a bit shy. But, I'm sure he'd have a lot of great stories to tell about his craft and his life.

CLICK HERE FOR PART ONE, which introduces McCarthy and talks briefly about how he came up with the idea for THE ROAD.

CLICK HERE FOR PART TWO, which gives insight into McCarthy's views on being poor, living life and not working for the man.


CLICK HERE FOR PART FOUR, which gives insight into the writing craft, being successful and money.

CLICK HERE FOR PART FIVE, which talks about his writing style (no punctuation, lack of commas, etc.).

CLICK HERE FOR PART SIX. McCarthy talks about the Santa Fe Institute and all of the brainiacs he gets to talk to on a daily basis.

CLICK HERE FOR PART SEVEN. Subconscious writing and further discussion of The Road.


Anonymous said...

I hate the part where Oprah embarrasses him by asking him if the 'The Road' was a love letter to his young son. Of course it is you dumb bitch. You don't need the cliffs notes to figure that out.

The Eimer said...


Yeah, that was a little gay. You could tell that he was a little embarrassed about it. I enjoyed the interview, don't get me wrong. But I'm curious had someone like the Coen Brothers or perhaps Stephen King interviewed him, how different the answers would have been. Thanks for the response.