yo /lit/ are there any good living writers?
everything I have ever read has been written by a dead man and it makes me sad
I've only read All the Pretty Horses by McCarthy, and honestly, I was pretty disappointed. I found the story underwhelming and the prose not far from that of a fantasy-novel (that is, it reminded me a lot Terry Brooks, whose prose I used to love desperately). Most of the novel never really struck me. The only scene that really mattered to me was when the main character visited his old house-servant's grave.
I really want to hear why that books is so great to others, and I mean no judgement or ignorance. Just honest reasons to help me understand what I had missed.
The Border Trilogy is honestly pretty banal. Read Blood Meridian or Child of God for something that should comprehensively chill you to your core.
I harp on about this a lot, but the precision and economy of McCarthy's description is really remarkable. Most of the time he writes as if he's just stating self-evident facts about the world, but when he describes something remarkable his purple prose are just brilliant.
Such is the way of things, anon.
One of the main qualities of greatness, as it's decided by the majority, is how well a work withstands the test of time.
For writers, sadly, that's often longer than a lifetime.
I'm certain that good works will dribble out of the woodwork, like beads of sap, as time wanders on.
The authors will sprout from their graves, glassy-eyed as ever, and perform their little jig.
Perhaps they were buried with their typewriter, and were able to churn out a few more books while the world was waiting.
There have been tons of contemporary author threads recently. This years Nobel and man booker lists were fucking strong and most people who actually read the works were and have posted are very enthusiastic. Houellebecq is becoming a cornerstone of European satire. Knusgard is becoming a meme, and the old favorites like Roth and McCarthy are geniuses.
Stop reading summer reading list tier books.
One of the best prose writers the English language has seen is still alive. Bask in his glory while it lasts, it might not be for much longer.
American pastoral and sabbaths theatre are his great works IMO. Portney's Complaint is a "classic" that I found base and not fun to read. The human stain is a lesser book, not bad but more NYT best seller tier
He's very funny and perceptive. Right now he's in jail for exposing shady government dealings.
Unfortunately he hasn't written much and his books are hard to find.
Now that he's in jail he's got nothing else to do but wrote for the next five years , so hopefully he gets busy
Here's some of his writings from prison. The one on Orwell is hilarious.