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Powell’s Q&A: Tom McCarthy

Describe your latest book.
C is a novel about technology, sex, and death.

What fictional character would you like to date, and why?
Cassandra. Crazy chick.

What's the strangest or most interesting job you've ever had?
Live, nude model in art school.

Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good book with which to start.
Hergé, Cigars of the Pharoah (Tintin)

Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
I went to Duino Castle, where Rilke wrote The Elegies.

What makes your favorite pair of shoes better than the rest?
They cost more.

Name the best television series of all time, and explain why it's the best.
Twin Peaks. Lynch is the man.

Aside from other writers, name some artists from whom you draw inspiration and talk a little about their work.
Omer Fast. Brilliant artist whose work is all about trauma, mediation, and repetition.

Five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise:
Five Great Books on technology and the imagination:

Crash by J. G. Ballard

Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Selected Writings by Marinetti

America by Franz Kafka

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Tom McCarthy was born in 1969 and lives in London. He is known in the art world for the reports, manifestos, and media interventions he has made as General Secretary of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a semi-fictitious avant-garde network. His previous books are Remainder and Tintin and the Secret of Literature.

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