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Do we remember that little octopus from Finding Nemo who inks herself when she’s nervous or scared? That’s me when I think of the Judge. Literally created to be the incarnation of evil, the Judge has been haunting readers since the book’s publication in 1985. 176 more words


Hate in "Blood Meridian"

This essay originally appeared in Unwinnable Monthly Issue 82 (August 2016).

In Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy crafts a fictionalized account of the campaigns of the non-fictional Glanton gang, a group of bounty hunters tasked with the slaughter of indigenous Americans throughout northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States between 1849 and 1850, in the months following the end of the Mexican-American War. 1,453 more words


Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy

David Foster Wallace—a writer I feel unusually connected to, though more as a person than as a novelist—described Blood Meridian as “Probably the most horrifying book of this century, at least fiction.” He also included it on a list he compiled of the most underappreciated books of recent decades. 4,207 more words