McCarthy (Cormac) and Punctuation — Don’t

McCarthy-Lamp“James Joyce is a good model for punctuation. He keeps it to an absolute minimum. There’s no reason to blot the page up with weird little marks. I mean, if you write properly you shouldn’t have to punctuate.”

1. Quotation Marks: McCarthy doesn’t use ’em.

2. Colons and semicolons: “Oprah says she “saw a colon once” in McCarthy’s prose, but she never encountered a semicolon. McCarthy confirms: ‘No semicolons.’ ‘You can use a colon, if you’re getting ready to give a list of something that follows from what you just said. Like, these are the reasons.'”

3. All other punctuation: “I believe in periods, in capitals, in the occasional comma, and that’s it.”

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One comment

  1. Read The Road recently – the lack of punctuation was noticeable and in my mind made the bleak and depressing story so different, so stark. It increased the power of the tale.
    KT

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