Monsoon season

My bucket runneth over.

It rained all day, which is a good thing, and not just because we live in a desert, either.

Nope, I had things to do, and still have, among them a column and cartoon for Bicycle Retailer and Industry News and a bicycle review for Adventure Cyclist.

Thus it was best that I be confined to quarters and required to pay attention.

Elsewhere, the deluge — no, not the rain, but the shit monsoon that is the reign of King Donald the Short-fingered — continues unabated. His family crest should be a tiny hand stirring a golden toilet with the motto, “L’merde, c’est moi.”

So we’ll ignore that fool and link instead to an interesting read from Cormac McCarthy on the unconscious and its distrust of language. Hardly anyone gets killed horribly in it, but I’ll tell you, he makes me feel like a haunted house.

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8 Responses to “Monsoon season”

  1. David Rees Says:

    Thanks for that link Patrick – can’t wait to get to it tonight. IMHO McCarthy is the finest writer, anywhere, of the last 30 or so years. I re-read the Border Trilogy nearly every year and am astonished every time I do; same thing with No Country for Old Men. And if you really want to have the crap scared out of you, try Blood Meridian on for size. And you’re supposed to feel like a haunted house…

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I think you’ll like the piece, David. The gent can sling the old word count, to be sure. I find him a bit dark, but he never phones it in. Always gives you both barrels.

    • Carl Duellman Says:

      i agree. i just picked up ‘all the pretty horses’ on cd for an upcoming roadtrip. i’ve also read the trilogy a few times. i wish i had read them when i was that age although i was too ignorant to appreciate them.

      • David Rees Says:

        Carl: wow, I’ve never even thought of listening to his work. I’d really be interested to hear what you think of it. So much of how McCarthy writes, with very little punctuation – and sometimes not sure of who is talking – his voice is all in my head.

        That said, the Coen Bros film of No Country was a nearly direct film interpretation of his words and vision. In a great many parts of the film, they lifted scene for scene and word for word from his novel, which was, it turned out, a wise move for the screenplay.

        I think I’ve gone enough now about McCarthy. Yeah, I think he’s pretty great.

        Patrick. I thought that “I find him him a bit dark” was great. The man added another deep layer of “dark” into the modern novel.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Dude’s so dark, a black cat in a coal cellar at midnight is all like, “Now that dude’s dark.”

      • Carl Duellman Says:

        i got ‘child of god’ on cd from the library a few years ago for a road trip. i ripped in onto my new ipod just to see how it all worked. we were listening and things were going great for an hour or so then it was like man this is a hard story to follow. after about 2 hours i realized the ipod was on shuffle.

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    Whoa! Just finished reading the linked article by Cormac McCarthy…..then the comments from folks who obviously far exceed my limited intellectual and verbal skills.

    That said, I’ll be trying “No Country for Old Men” on based on David’s recommendation and the brain cramps that The Kekule Problem triggered.

    Can’t decide yet whether that was an unconscious or subconscious decision though! 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Interesting to read comments that aren’t all “LOL you libtard Obummer snowflakes make me smile,” etc.

      I think the Albuquerque Journal decided to nix reader comments when I wasn’t paying attention, ’cause I don’t see them appended to stories any longer, which suits me just fine. It was like catching a whiff of a porta-john at a Ted Nugent concert on a hot day in Hell.

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