>Saw No Country for Old Men last night – brilliantly realised film. very Coen brothers in many ways. what was clear to me though is that this was a novel before. and many people forget the power of books and the unbelievable thought and detail that is produced by one person. films take hundreds of people to make. Cormac McCarthy wrote this book/film and wow how great it was. I dont know if its as great as made out. I loved The Diving Bell and the Butterfly more but thats a personal film.

Important writers McCarthy, Raymond Carver and Don Delillo (to only quote Americans) should receive greater recognition. These guys are true artists and fundamental to societies and how they view themselves. I was shocked by the lack of coverage Norman Mailer got when he died. It was barely a pause. He, along with the men mentioned above lived when writers eemed to matter, when they told us about oursleves.

I’ve just finished The Outsider by Camus for the third time. still, its brilliant, revealing, funny. Is it our modern attention spans? our apparent lack of time? Writers maybe be older men and women, less glamourous than our actors but they are creators not imitators and should be held up amongst the ultimates of each generation.

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