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August 10, 2013 7:20 AM   Subscribe

No Country For Old Miley: Cormac McCarthy Describes the Video for “We Can’t Stop [Previously]

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posted by Potomac Avenue (27 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Control-F "selfsame". Frown.

This is a pretty bad impression. McCarthy loves to combine words, there is no way he would ever write "wide lined" when he could write it as "widelined". And the Spanish dialog should be presented totally differently, with action description scattered in and just line breaks where the dialog comes out of nowhere. He also has a bunch of words that he uses over and over. Like, where is "hacienda" and "likeness" and "steppes"? Also, he likes to alternate really long sentences with really short sentences. Also, way too many commas.
posted by nathancaswell at 7:35 AM on August 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Agreed, nathan, and yet

Adulthood circles her like two vultures in the desert sky, eyeing the innocence that is already waning. They will pull the rest piece by piece from her abundant exposed flesh pouring out from under a t-shirt that both says dope and is indeed dope. Somewhere a girl with a dream and a cardigan is hung upside down from a tree. This is the west.

lol
posted by showbiz_liz at 7:36 AM on August 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


Yeah, the most McCarthy like bit in the whole thing is "both says dope and is indeed dope". She nailed that.
posted by nathancaswell at 7:38 AM on August 10, 2013


"Waning" is good too.
posted by nathancaswell at 7:39 AM on August 10, 2013


I read two sentences in then rushed back here to say "what a horrible McCarthy impression" only to find that everyone beat me to it.
posted by sutt at 7:48 AM on August 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


She never sleeps, Miley. She is dancing, dancing. She says that she will never die.
posted by Ad hominem at 7:53 AM on August 10, 2013 [11 favorites]


Yeah, just stealing that entire paragraph describing the Judge dancing and rewriting them to be about Miley would have been great.
posted by nathancaswell at 7:58 AM on August 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


There are pretty obvious parallels, dancing bear/dancing teddy bears.

It actually makes me think of the song entirely different.

This is not a celebration but a lament for the eternal dance of death and strife. The teddy bear swings in a slow veronica.It is she who owns the night.It is she who bout dat life.
posted by Ad hominem at 8:04 AM on August 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's not a good Cormac impression. This is how you do a Cormac impression.
posted by pmv at 8:35 AM on August 10, 2013


That's certainly better, but I feel like McCarthy has never written "he said" in his life.
posted by nathancaswell at 8:51 AM on August 10, 2013


He VERY RARELY specifies who is speaking, I can't believe these people aren't picking up on that.
posted by nathancaswell at 8:51 AM on August 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


What are you doing, Kent said.

I feel like this is actually pretty typical as it isn't specifying who said what, but the tone.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:26 AM on August 10, 2013


Proposal the first: a new type of crime for which a person may be prosecuted, to be called "failure to go away."

Proposal the second: Miley Cyrus to be convicted of said crime and remanded to live alone at South Pole for remainder of her days.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:35 AM on August 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Too many apostrophes
posted by deadbilly at 11:46 AM on August 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Between all the tongues protruding and casual twerking you get the sense that what you're supposed to remember is a memorable time about not remembering.

Pretty good.
posted by Apropos of Something at 11:47 AM on August 10, 2013


I like the video better than I liked the prose.
posted by Thorzdad at 11:50 AM on August 10, 2013


How many Cormac McCarthies does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
posted by .kobayashi. at 12:19 PM on August 10, 2013


Zack Parsons has been doing something similar. He's taken two cracks at McCarthy so far: Cormac McCarthy Writes Copy for the Fleshlight Website and Cormac McCarthy Writes Candy Reviews for a Nostalgia Blog.
posted by edeezy at 12:52 PM on August 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


Cormac McCarthy Writes Candy Reviews for a Nostalgia Blog.

I really like those. Needs more catamites though.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:03 PM on August 10, 2013


Actually the problem with all of these is not enough words I have to look up.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:06 PM on August 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Presented for your enjoyment.
posted by OrangeDrink at 1:08 PM on August 10, 2013


Then the sky does a line of cocaine off a toilet.

No, no, no. Cormac would never allow a toilet to pass as just a toilet. We would learn in one breathless sentence what wood early century toilet seats were made of, the way they clacked against ceramic, how the sky knelt, its broken, nose hungry. We would see the wolf who watched the cokehead and the crouching Indian who watched the wolf.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 2:55 PM on August 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


I think part of the problem is that just a bare description of the happenings in this video is way more interesting that most stuff going on in a CMC novel.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:59 PM on August 10, 2013


Have quotation marks ever appeared in a Cormac McCarthy novel? Look, this is not an obscure author. Just go in the next room and get your mom's Oprah's Book Club copy of The Road off the shelf and at least flip through it before you do something like this, right? Man.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 4:39 PM on August 10, 2013


I was having fun until I heard the music.
posted by hellslinger at 9:00 PM on August 10, 2013


Honestly, the flesh light reviews linked above are the best impressions posted here thusfar.
posted by nathancaswell at 10:48 PM on August 10, 2013


Haven't enjoyed a McCarthy send-up so much since Yelping with Cormac.
posted by forkisbetter at 8:51 AM on August 12, 2013


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