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READING MCCARTHY is a podcast devoted to the consideration and discussion of the works of one of our greatest American writers, Cormac McCarthy. Each episode will call upon different well-known Cormackian readers and scholars to help us explore different works and various essential aspects of McCarthy’s writing. (Note these episodes try to offer accessible literary criticism and may contain spoilers from different McCarthy works.)
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The guest for our 50th episode is the OG himself, the redoubtable RICK WALLACH, who joins us for a rousing discussion of No Country for Old Men. Somehow both Batman and Godzilla are referenced as we consider both the novel and the Coen Bros. film. Rick Wallach has recently retired from teaching English at the University of Miami. He is a founder of…
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In this episode we head across the border one more time for a consideration of the Border Trilogy as a whole. How does knowing how the story begins and ends change how we read any of the different parts? My guests on this filibuster over the border include Dr. Nell Sullivan, a Kentuckian who earned her BA in English from Vanderbilt University and e…
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The guest for this episode is Dr. Nick Monk, who joins me for a consideration of perhaps McCarthy’s most idiosyncratic work. The 90s were an exciting time for McCarthy fans. In 92 he published the award winning All the Pretty Horses, followed two years later by the next installment in the Border Trilogy, The Crossing. Before he would go on to close…
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Episode 47 of READING MCCARTHY considers the author’s references to and uses of disability in its many forms. My guest DR BRENT CLINE. He has published articles and chapters involving disability on Walker Percy, James Agee, and Daniel Keyes. His review of The Passenger/Stella Maris was published with The University Bookman. He teaches a seminar on …
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In this episode we ride to the end of the road in the last episode of the Border Trilogy, CITIES ON THE PLAIN. My guest for this foray is Dr. Bryan Vescio, Professor and Chair of English at High Point University in North Carolina. A guest on former episodes on faith and Suttree, Dr. Vescio is the author of the 2014 book Reconstruction in Literary S…
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This is our final of 3 tribute episodes in the wake of Cormac McCarthy's passing this past June. Guests on this final tribute episode include: Dr. Steven Frye, professor and chair of English at California State University in Bakersfield. Steve has just stepped down as President of the Cormac McCarthy Society. He is the author of Understanding Corma…
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In the wake of Cormac McCarthy's passing on June 13, 2023, a number of excellent tributes and discussion pieces were published. In this second of three tribute episode, we've asked for permission for the authors to read some of those tributes to McCarthy here on the podcast and we have also solicited a couple of others. The guests this episode incl…
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On June 13, 2023, we lost a literary giant. Cormac McCarthy, the greatest writer of our time (in this podcast's completely unbiased opinion) passed away in Santa Fe, New Mexico, his home these past couple of decades. E-mails and queries started pouring in, mostly asking, "are you going to do a special tribute podcast? And the answer to that, is yes…
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Like the rest of the world I learned this past Tuesday, June 13th, that Cormac McCarthy had passed away at the age of 89. This episode had already been recorded, but I thought it would still serve as an initial and quick response to the need to offer a tribute: it's a compilation of the responses to the question What's your favorite McCarthy novel,…
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Episode 41 is our second excursion over the border as the Brothers Elmore and I finish our conversation about THE CROSSING. Returning as the guests are twin scholars Jonathan and Rick Elmore. That's right, twins. Jonathan Elmore is Associate Professor of English at Savannah State University and the Managing Editor of Watchung Review.. He is the edi…
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Episode 40 is a long ride through rough country as we dig into The CROSSING, McCarthy's masterful middle volume in the Border Trilogy. My guests today are twin scholars Jonathan and Rick Elmore. That's right, twins. Jonathan Elmore is Associate Professor of English at Savannah State University and the Managing Editor of Watchung Review.. He is the …
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Cormac still types his novels on an Olivetti typewriter and your host can't figure out Facebook. So for Episode 39 we bring in some expert help in the form of a lively discussion with Redditor supreme Joe Parslow. He has moderated the Cormac McCarthy subreddit for over a decade and has seen it grow from its first post in April 2012 to its current p…
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Today's guest is George Berridge. George began academic life as a journalist but like Hank Williams saw the light and also began digging deeply into American Literature. He's now the American Literature editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He lives and works in London. His exceptional review of THE PASSENGER and STELLA MARIS was published in Oc…
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Frequent guests Steven Frye and Stacey Peebles join me for another roundup of All the Pretty Horses, the National Book Award winning novel which finally forced the literary world to sit up and take notice of McCarthy. We climb on and hold tight for this ride through this incredible novel. Stacey Peebles is Chair of the English program, Director of …
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Like Cormac McCarthy, Wes Morgan was born in the North—Albany, New York rather than Rhode Island—but came south at the age of 4. Wes grew up in Atlanta and earned BS degrees in Physics and Applied Psychology at Georgia Tech. In 1962 Wes moved to Knoxville and began working on his doctorate in psychology. He went on to work as a staff psychologist a…
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Episode 35 takes a first ride across the border with the novel that would elevate McCarthy's profile and career. All the Pretty Horses won McCarthy the National Book Award following its publication in 1992 and was McCarthy's first best-selling novel. Our guest for this episode is Dr. Allen Josephs. A Hemingway scholar as well as a Cormackian, Allen…
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Some six weeks or so after the publication of McCarthy's first novel in 16 years, The Passenger, we have its slim companion volume, the little sister, if you will, Stella Maris. In this brief review, I again forego the normal conversation format to offer a quick first-take review of the newest McCarthy novel, one that many presume will be the last …
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This episode is a thorough discussion of McCarthy's use of the animal kingdom in his works. My guest in this episode is Wallis Sanborn, Chair of the Department of English, Mass Communication, and Drama, and Graduate Program Head of the Master of Arts-Master of Fine Arts in Literature, Creative Writing, and Social Justice Program at Our Lady of the …
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After a sixteen year wait, we finally have a new novel by Cormac McCarthy grasped in our greedy little podcasting clutches. In this episode of the podcast, we break with form a bit. There's no guest discussion this episode; instead we offer a quick review of THE PASSENGER. Is it completely correct to call it McCarthy's "new novel" since we know he'…
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This episode delves again into McCarthy's roots as we consider his intersections with Irish literature. The guest in this episode is Tennessean by birth and now fully Texified, Richard R. Russell is Professor of English and director of graduate programs at Baylor University. He earned an M Phil at the University of Glasgow and his MA and PhD from t…
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The second part of our wonderful panel discussion of Cormac McCarthy’s masterful and shattering novel Blood Meridian. Our returning guests include: Steve Frye, who is professor and chair of English at California State University, Bakersfield and President of the Cormac McCarthy Society. He is the author of Understanding Cormac McCarthy (Univ. of So…
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Three returning guests join us for this first part of our interesting and engaging discussion of Cormac McCarthy’s magnum opus Blood Meridian. Steve Frye is professor and chair of English at California State University, Bakersfield and President of the Cormac McCarthy Society. He is the author of Understanding Cormac McCarthy (Univ. of South Caroli…
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Episode 28 brings back previous guest Nell Sullivan to discuss a thorny subject: McCarthy’s women characters, with digressions into the ways the author tiptoes through the landscape of homosocial desire. Nell Sullivan earned a BA in English from Vanderbilt University and earned her PhD in English from Rice University. She is currently Professor of …
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Episode 27 of READING MCCARTHY is a thorough consideration of Race in the Works of Cormac McCarthy. The guest for this thoughtful and engaging discussion is Lydia Cooper; Dr. Cooper is a professor of American literature at Creighton University. Her specializations include Native American literature, Western and Southwestern literature, gender studi…
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Everything is topsy-turvy for this episode as returning guest Peter Josyph seizes control of the station and turns the tables on your regular host Scott Yarbrough, interviewing him. Regular host Scott Yarbrough is the co-author of A Practical Introduction to Literary Study, co-editor with Rick Wallach of the two volume Carrying the Fire casebook co…
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Our returning guest for READING MCCARTHY is Stacey Peebles. On this 25th episode of the podcast we venture out into the Darkening World to Come and Ride into the Evening Redness in the West. Yes, that’s right—this is our first full-length consideration of McCarthy’s masterpiece, Blood Meridian. Dr. Peebles is Chair of the English program, Director …
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The guest for Episode 24 of READING MCCARTHY needs no introduction to any member of the Cormac McCarthy Society, visitors to the CormacMccarthy.com forums, or readers of McCarthy Criticism. One of the founders of the Cormac McCarthy society, Rick Wallach survived a degree in theology and years teaching English in Miami, Florida, and is a founding m…
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Episode 23 of READING MCCARTHY brings us a great discussion with actor and audiobook narrator Richard Poe. Poe is known to McCarthy fans as the audiobook narrator of McCarthy’s masterwork Blood Meridian. Richard Poe has been a professional actor since 1970, when he left the army and was soon drafted into the chorus of William Ball’s production of O…
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This is the second part of the round table discussion of one of McCarthy’s masterworks, the 1979 novel Suttree. The guests for this wonderful discussion include Dianne Luce, who previously appeared in episodes about The Orchard Keeper and Suttree. Dr. Luce is a founding member and past president of the Cormac McCarthy Society. Together with Edwin A…
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We kick off Season 2 of READING McCARTHY with a very special episode. Instead of having only one guest today, we’ll have three in the first part of a round table discussion of one of McCarthy’s masterworks, SUTTREE. As part of the round table we welcome back our guest Dianne Luce, who previously appeared in episodes about The Orchard Keeper and Sut…
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Episode 20 brings back guest Bryan Giemza in a discussion which begins as a consideration of McCarthy and Irish Catholicism in the American South and ends with a quick dip into one of McCarthy’s less revered works, The Counselor. Dr. Bryan Giemza is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University. …
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This episode is Part TWO of my excellent wandering conversation with the energetic and versatile Peter Josyph. Author, Actor, Artist, Auteur, and more, Peter Josyph’s books include The Wrong Reader’s Guide to Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses; Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy; Cormac McCarthy’s House: Reading McCarthy Without Walls; Liber…
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The guest for Episode 18 is so interesting and diverse that he has sprawled into two episodes! Author, Actor, Artist, Auteur, and more, Peter Josyph’s books include The Wrong Reader’s Guide to Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses; Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy; Cormac McCarthy’s House: Reading McCarthy Without Walls; Liberty Street: Encou…
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Episode 17 is an epic consideration of McCarthy’s first great epic novel, Suttree. Our returning guest is Dr. Dianne Luce. Dianne Luce is a founding member and past president of the Cormac McCarthy Society. She has co-edited two collections of articles on McCarthy, and she is the author of Reading the World: Cormac McCarthy’s Tennessee Period (2009…
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Our guest for Episode 16 is Michael Crews, author of Books are Made out of Books: A guide to Cormac McCarthy’s Literary Influences, published by the University of Texas Press in 2017. Dr. Crews is an Associate Professor of English and chair of English and Communication Studies at Regents University. He explains his work delving into the McCarthy ar…
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Episode 15 is a dive into McCarthy’s first produced and published screenplay, The Gardener’s Son. The guest on this episode is Dr. Stacey Peebles, Chair of the English program, Director of Film Studies, and the Marlene and David Grissom Professor of Humanities at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She is the author of Welcome to the Suck: Narrat…
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Episode 14 is a consideration of McCarthy and faith. Today’s guest Dr. Bryan Vescio is Professor and Chair of English at High Point University in North Carolina. He has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Missouri Southern State University, and DePaul University. He is the author of the 2014 book Reconstruction in Literary S…
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Episode 13 of READING MCCARTHY is a look behind the curtains of the Cormac McCarthy Society’s webpage with webmaster, writers, critic, book collector, and aficionado Marty Priola. Mary Priola holds a bachelor’s degree from Christian Brothers University and a JD from the University of Memphis. He has written two entries on McCarthy for the DICTIONAR…
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Episode 12 of READING MCCARTHY is a thorough rumination of the influences of Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner on the works and style of Cormac McCarthy. Our guest today is Faulkner scholar and critic Dr. Jay Watson. Jay Watson is Distinguished Professor of English and Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies at the University of Mississippi, where he…
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Episode 11 of READING MCCARTHY is a deep consideration of perhaps McCarthy’s most troubling novel, CHILD OF GOD. Our guest today is Dr. Bill Hardwig, who was with us before for a discussion of the southern gothic. Bill Hardwig is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Tennessee. His book Upon Provincialism: Southern Literature and N…
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Episode 10 of Reading McCarthy welcomes as a guest McCarthy’s translator into Portuguese, Paulo Faria. Paulo Faria was born in 1967, in Lisbon, Portugal. He graduated in Biology and teaches science, but he always had a passion for literature. He became a literary translator as a young man. In 2016 he published his first novel, «Strange war of commo…
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READING MCCARTHY is a podcast devoted to the consideration and discussion of the works of one of our greatest American writers, Cormac McCarthy. Each episode calls upon different well-known Cormackian readers and scholars to help us explore different works and various essential aspects of McCarthy’s writing. Scott Yarbrough is your host in these de…
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READING MCCARTHY is a podcast devoted to the consideration and discussion of the works of one of our greatest American writers, Cormac McCarthy. Stacey Peebles joins the podcast for this episode. Dr. Peebles is Chair of the English program, Director of Film Studies, and the Marlene and David Grissom Professor of Humanities at Centre College in Danv…
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READING MCCARTHY is a podcast devoted to the consideration and discussion of the works of one of our greatest American writers, Cormac McCarthy. Each episode calls upon different well-known Cormackian readers and scholars (and occasional other folks of interest) to help us explore different works and various essential aspects of McCarthy’s writing.…
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READING MCCARTHY is a podcast devoted to the consideration and discussion of the works of one of our greatest American writers, Cormac McCarthy. Each episode calls upon different well-known Cormackian readers and scholars to help us explore different works and various essential aspects of McCarthy’s writing. Scott Yarbrough is your host in these de…
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READING MCCARTHY is a podcast devoted to the consideration and discussion of the works of one of our greatest American writers, Cormac McCarthy. Each episode calls upon different well-known Cormackian readers and scholars to help us explore different works and various essential aspects of McCarthy’s writing. Scott Yarbrough is your host in these de…
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READING MCCARTHY is a podcast devoted to the consideration and discussion of the works of one of our greatest American writers, Cormac McCarthy. Each episode calls upon different well-known Cormackian readers and scholars to help us explore different works and various essential aspects of McCarthy’s writing. Scott Yarbrough is your host in these de…
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READING MCCARTHY is a podcast devoted to the consideration and discussion of the works of one of our greatest American writers, Cormac McCarthy. Each episode calls upon different well-known Cormackian readers and scholars to help us explore different works and various essential aspects of McCarthy’s writing. Scott Yarbrough is your host in these de…
  continue reading
 
READING MCCARTHY is a podcast devoted to the consideration and discussion of the works of one of our greatest American writers, Cormac McCarthy. Each episode calls upon different well-known Cormackian readers and scholars to help us explore different works and various essential aspects of McCarthy’s writing. Scott Yarbrough is your host in these de…
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READING MCCARTHY is a podcast devoted to the consideration and discussion of the works of one of our greatest American writers, Cormac McCarthy. Each episode calls upon different well-known Cormackian readers and scholars to help us explore different works and various essential aspects of McCarthy’s writing. Scott Yarbrough is your host in these de…
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