Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Cormac McCarthy on Oprah Winfrey Today

From a New York Times article:
"Cormac McCarthy Talks to Oprah Winfrey" —

CHICAGO (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey got Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy to do the one thing he hates most: talk about his work.

"You probably shouldn't be talking about it, you probably should be doing it," the 73-year-old author told Winfrey in a rare TV interview, which aired Tuesday on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

The press-shy McCarthy said he has nothing against the media, but that he doesn't believe he should be talking about what he does -- a trait Winfrey illustrated with a story about how McCarthy, when he had no money years ago, refused a speaking engagement that would have paid him $2,000.
During Winfrey's interview with McCarthy, the author said that while typically he doesn't know what generates the ideas for his books, he can trace The Road to a trip he took with his young son to El Paso, Texas, about four years ago.

There, standing at the window of a hotel in the middle of the night, his son asleep nearby, he started to imagine what El Paso might look like 50 or 100 years in the future.

"I just had this image of these fires up on the hill ... and I thought a lot about my little boy," he said. He wrote some of his thoughts down and didn't really think about it again until he was in Ireland a few years later and the novel came to him.

See the interview and other Cormac McCarthy info on the Oprah.com.


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