Review: Tracy Daugherty on Cormac McCarthy
In 1975, in a discussion of “what kind of knowing is peculiar to literature,” Donald Barthelme quoted Eugène Ionesco: “A civilization of words is a civilization distraught. Words create confusion … There are no words for the deepest experience.” Barthelme conceded that mathematics, describing elusive realities beyond most people’s imaginations (and ther…
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