February 22, 2011
By: Jeffrey Koslosky
I stay quite busy working at Denver, Colorado’s Apis Ventures, where I provide business consulting, manage the company’s real estate holdings, and search for new investment opportunities. Outside of work, I get a great deal of physical activity through coaching local youth soccer, basketball, and football. I also enjoy fishing, camping, and traveling. When I want to relax, I often pick up a book, and I particularly enjoy the works of Cormac McCarthy.
Born in 1933, this American playwright and novelist has penned 10 novels, in genres such as Western, modernist, and Southern Gothic. Perhaps his best-known novel is The Road, for which he won both the Pulitzer Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. Another well-known work of his, No Country for Old Men, which he wrote in 2005, was adapted into a film that won four Academy awards, including Best Picture. In addition, the adaptation won more than 75 other film awards across the globe. His 1992 novel, All the Pretty Horses, garnered him a National Book Critics Circle Award and a National Book Award. Blood Meridian, which he wrote in 1995, appeared on two important lists: Time Magazine’s poll of 100 best English-language books from 1923 to 2005 and The New York Times list of the best American fiction of the last 25 years. Admired by literary critics and other novelists such as Thomas Pynchon, Philip Roth, and Don DeLillo, McCarthy has been discussed as a candidate for the upcoming Nobel Prize in Literature.
The good news for McCarthy fans is that he is currently working on three new novels from his home in Tesuque, New Mexico. McCarthy does not grant many interviews, but he did appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007 to talk about The Road, which Winfrey listed as one of her suggested books. During the interview, McCarthy revealed that he prefers the company of scientists to other writers, and he talked about the poverty he has experienced during his writing career. He stated that he likes “simple declarative sentences” and that he never uses semicolon or quotation marks because he does not think there is a reason to “blot the page up with weird little marks.”