Peter Josyph has long been an unmistakable figure, a force of nature, in McCarthian circles. Filmmaker, actor, director, painter, photographer, and writer in various genres, he has participated in McCarthy projects ranging from conference presentations and keynote addresses to visual art work (photography, painting, and film), essays, and a previous volume focused on the novelist, Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy. This latest book, which includes some previously presented or published material, follows in the same general but difficult to classify vogue as Josyph's other work on the literary titan of Tennessee, Texas, and New Mexico and as such offers erudite, interesting, and idiosyncratic if often highly debatable approaches and insights to the author. In the spirit and style of his beloved jazz, Josyph writes and riffs.

In the process, it offers a great deal not only of McCarthy but also of Josyph throughout (and to a large but far...

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