“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.”