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Culture, Stage "The Sunset Limited": Cormac McCarthy brings a welcome chill to SF Playhouse

"The Sunset Limited": Cormac McCarthy brings a welcome chill to SF Playhouse

Some novelists seem like natural-born playwrights. At first glance, Cormac McCarthy wouldn't appear to be among them. He writes first-rate dialogue in novels like Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men, but nobody reads him for the dialogue. The…
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Film, <i>The Road</i> takes the path of least resistance

The Road takes the path of least resistance

The Road, Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize–winning, Oprah-endorsed postapocalyptic survivalist prose poem — in which a father and his 10-year-old son traverse a despoiled landscape of unspeakable horror — was a quick, lacerating read. John Hillcoat's literal adaptation, which arrives one…
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Music, Bouncer

Jay Bennett breaks a heart

Cormac McCarthy once said that all writers worth their salt should write about death. If literature doesn't take on that great mystery, then it just ain't literature in his book (joke intended). I'm not sure I agree with that sentiment,…
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Film, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem Cross the Badlands in the Coen Brothers' <i>No Country for Old Men</i>

Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem Cross the Badlands in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men

"Hold still" — it's what the hunters say to the hunted in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men. The first time we hear it, it's the out-of-work Vietnam vet Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) whispering optimistically to the antelope…
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Music, From Cormac McCarthy to Chan Marshall

From Cormac McCarthy to Chan Marshall

Emily Jane White is a rare solo performer who can cut through noisy club din and turn antsy foot traffic into apt listeners. Her voice pierces the egos of those within earshot; it's a low, lilting alto, often compared to…
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