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Cormac McCarthy Is Editing Other People’s Books Now

Novelist Cormac McCarthy has been expanding his résumé lately (not that his résumé needed much expanding). The author of novels such as Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men, and The Road recently sold his first spec script and is now helpfully copyediting manuscripts. Quantum Man, a biography of physicist Richard Feynman written by Lawrence M. Krauss, was first published in hardcover in March 2011. It comes out next month in paperback, and as the back of the book makes clear, it now has edits from McCarthy himself. According to Krauss, McCarthy liked the book so much he volunteered to work on it. In addition to reworking certain passages, McCarthy also made Krauss "promise he could excise all exclamation points and semicolons, both of which he said have no place in literature.” In deference to this sage advice, Vulture will forgo exclamation points and semicolons for exactly this one post.

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