Spaces, Repeating: An Interview with Tom McCarthy

[Image: Tom McCarthy and Remainder].

I’ve uploaded an MP3 from BLDGBLOG’s interview with novelist Tom McCarthy, recorded on the 4th of July at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in London. We cover a range of topics, from memory and architecture to trauma and the spatial nature of repetition, via Italo Calvino, Marcel Proust, Friedrich Nietzsche, and William Burroughs – plus a bit of James Joyce – during a long talk about McCarthy’s novel Remainder (previously described here).
The file is available for download at this link; if you’ve never used Megaupload before, just enter the letters that you see, wait 30-40 seconds as per the instructions, and then knock yourself out.
Of course, I’d love to discuss this discussion further, so if you have any thoughts, please feel free to chime in.
Thanks again to Tom McCarthy for coming out for the conversation, and to Joseph Grima and the Storefront for Art and Architecture for hosting it.

9 thoughts on “Spaces, Repeating: An Interview with Tom McCarthy”

  1. I just have to say, you are a fantastic interviewer and McCarthy is an equally enthralling interviewee. That was fascinating. Maybe even better than the Murch interview.

  2. Thanks, Tim – I think I could have trimmed some of my questions down a bit, but I’m glad you liked the interview. McCarthy is, indeed, a great respondent.

    If you happen to check back here, can I ask if you like the MP3 format or would you prefer to read this as a text? Just curious. For future interviews.

  3. Geoff,

    Great interview. My wife and I listened to it on a long trip this weekend. We both loved how he spoiled the entire book and then stopped himself, saying something like “. . . without giving the entire book away.”

    There were so many other works referenced therein, it could use a bibliography.


  4. Just an FYI, I am very interested in listening to the interviews posted here, but MegaUploads has long been taken down, and you links don't work. Is there another way to access the audio files? Looking forward to hearing them!

  5. I'd love to hear this interview but it is unavailable due to MegaUpload being taken down; is there any possibility you could send it to me if I provide my email address?


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