Cormac McCarthy on punctuation

Josh Jones, writing on Open Culture

Careful McCarthy reader Oprah says she “saw a colon once” in McCarthy’s prose, but she never encountered a semicolon. McCarthy confirms: “No semicolons.”

Of the colon, he says: “You can use a colon, if you’re getting ready to give a list of something that follows from what you just said. Like, these are the reasons.”

I recently read No Country for Old Men and noticed that McCarthy’s approach to punctuation led to an awful lot of “and”s. Still, it’s a good writerly exercise to find ways to say things without all those “weird little symbols”.