Re: RARA-AVIS: "Blood Meridian" by Cormac McCarthy

From: jacquesdebierue (
Date: 13 Jul 2009

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    A criticism of McCarthy on _technical_ terms? To me, it's quite obvious that the guy is world-class in literary technique. But maybe we're talking about different things. What is your specific complaint about McCarthy's technique? And more importantly, how do you think he _should_ write?

    Many years ago, a clueless professor told me that "Faulkner didn't know how to write"... and I figured he didn't know anything. If the best writer doesn't know how to write, who does? Certainly not college professors...

    The cricicism of Ellison you mention is just as puzzling to me. What do such critics mean by "writing well"?



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