Cormac McCarthy in the Wall Street Journal

So this is the best McCarthy interview I’ve ever read, more revealing than the one he did years ago in the New York Times to promote All the Pretty Horses:

I like this quote: “I have a great sympathy for the spiritual view of life, and I think that it’s meaningful. But am I a spiritual person? I would like to be. Not that I am thinking about some afterlife that I want to go to, but just in terms of being a better person. I have friends at the Institute. They’re just really bright guys who do really difficult work solving difficult problems, who say, “It’s really more important to be good than it is to be smart.” And I agree it is more important to be good than it is to be smart. That is all I can offer you.”
I’ve always been appalled when I’ve met some famous/popular writer and he/she turns out to be worldclass creep. This has happened more often than I’d care to admit. (I won’t name names. I bite my tongue.) But I’m glad to get the feeling, from his comments, that McCarthy is the kind of man you’d expect from his fiction. Like my toothless uncle would have said, many years ago, “He’s a good egg.”
Also: Thanks to Morris Collins for alerting me to the interview.

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