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Monday, April 16, 2007

Cormac McCarthy For President

posted by on April 16 at 13:30 PM

Over at GalleyCat, they’ve got the list of Pulitzer Prize book winners up, and, oh, man, Cormac McCarthy has won the Pulitzer Prize for The Road. Now, don’t get me wrong, I really do think that The Road is a great novel, but: America, how are you feeling? Apocalypse much? Why didn’t anyone go this crazy over McCarthy’s last novel, No Country For Old Men? All that book got was a Coen brothers adaptation.

In other Pulitzer news, it’s not a bad year as far as the Pulitzers go: the non-fiction winners all look pretty good, and The Echo Maker, which was on the shortlist for fiction, is a pretty astounding novel, but apparently not even Powers could stop the juggernaut that is Cormac McCarthy’s charred dystopic husk of Future America. We should reserve the Oscar for the upcoming movie. The end is nigh!

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In America, a movie adaptation is an infinitely higher honor than a Pulitzer, especially for fiction. Hardly anyone can name even a handful of the winners.

Posted by Fnarf | April 16, 2007 1:47 PM

A Coen Bros. movie adaptation is a higher honor than just about anything, anywhere. I'm very excited for that. And to see what becomes of The Road, but it looks like that's a ways off.

Posted by Levislade | April 16, 2007 1:54 PM

Follow-up . . . I just went to the Pulitzer wikipedia page ( I had no idea there was a Pulitzer for music. Kudos to Ornette Coleman for winning this year's!

Posted by Levislade | April 16, 2007 1:56 PM

If it hasn't already happened, I hope one of the Stranger books editors will live slog the Oprah book club episode on "The Road". I really want to see how these people make the transition from "The Secret".

Posted by skweetis | April 16, 2007 3:05 PM

And the Pulitzer for criticism once again does not go to The Stranger...

Posted by Candyapples | April 16, 2007 3:45 PM

The Road is the best thing in years...since Blood Meridian, probably. But No Country is SO underrated. They should have tapped Rob Zombie to direct, the Coens can't navigate such darkness.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | April 16, 2007 11:42 PM

The Coens were also attached to Elmore Leonard's "Cuba Libre" at one point. Like many veteran directors, they tend to secure the rights to more books than they could ever possibly adapt, like Martin Scorsese with his Dean Martin and Walter Winchell bio-pics (he opted for Howard Hughes instead).

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | April 17, 2007 11:34 PM

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