Is this you, Mom?? I’ve never read Blood Meridian. I’ve actually never read any Cormac McCarthy, actually. The closest I’ve come is listening to The Road as an audiobook back in 2008 or so while in a deadline swirl to finish my first published comic. The comic was about a little boy whose superpower was making other people fart, so inking a bunch of kid faces and fart clouds while listening to an excrutiatingly well-told story about dystopian cannibalism was… wearying. I’ve fallen out of the habit of reading “good” books somehow. I wonder if all the comics I read have dumbed me down somehow for the joys of prose and language and strucutre. The last few novels I remember reading were all trashy genre page-turners like the Song of Ice and Fire books, stuff like that. I’m in the middle of reading Herzog right now, but while every sentence is like a perfect, beautiful gem, I only get about 3 pages read a night before falling asleep.
Anyway, great seeing you at Thanksgiving, Mom! Love you! xoxo