Like the brook trout standing in the amber current of the mountains, or the cold grey light that announces morning in the West, Cormac McCarthy is still alive. Thanks to a hoax tweet that was picked up by author Joyce Carol Oates and many media outlets, news of the acclaimed author’s death spread like a brushfire through the eternal graveyard of the desert on social media Tuesday morning. However, McCarthy’s publisher confirms the novelist is alive and well — or, as Cormac McCarthy might put it, not yet dead.
Still goin’ strong. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images