Tom McCarthy Quotes

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Tom McCarthy Quotes

Were the noblest savages of all.
— Tom McCarthy —

[ ... ]to be real
to become fluent, natural, to cut out the detour that sweeps us around what's fundamental to events, preventing us from touching their core: the detour that makes us all second-hand and second-rate.

— Tom McCarthy

People need foundation myths, some imprint of year zero, a bolt that secures the scaffolding that in turn holds fast the entire architecture of reality, of time: memory-chambers and oblivion-cellars, walls between eras, hallways that sweep us on towards the end-days and the coming whatever-it-is. We see things shroudedly, as through a veil, an over-pixellated screen. When the shapeless plasma takes on form and resolution, like a fish approaching us through murky waters or an image looming into view from noxious liquid in a darkroom, when it begins to coalesce into a figure that's discernible, if ciphered, we can say: This is it, stirring, looming even if it isn't really, if it's all just ink-blots.

— Tom McCarthy

Everything becomes buffering, and buffering becomes everything.

— Tom McCarthy

We require experience to stay ahead, if only by a nose, of our consciousness of experience-if for no other reason than that the latter needs to make sense of the former, to (as Peyman would say) narrate it both to others and ourselves, and, for this purpose, has to be fed with a constant, unsorted supply of fresh sensations and events.

— Tom McCarthy

It's not that I'm being shy. It's just that
well, for one, I don't even remember the event. It's a blank: a white slate, a black hole. I have vague images, half-impressions: of being, or having been
or, more precisely, being about to be
hit; blue light; railings; lights of other colours; being held above some kind of tray or bed. But who's to say that these are genuine memories? Who's to say my traumatized mind didn't just make them up, or pull them out from somewhere else, some other slot, and stick them there to plug the gap
the crater
that the accident had blown? Minds are versatile and wily things. Real chancers.

— Tom McCarthy

It's very fluid, this space between philosophy and literature, and that's something that resonates for me.

— Tom McCarthy

You all want to be the hero in the film who runs away in slo-mo from the villain's factory that he's just mined, throwing himself to the ground as it explodes. But the explosion's taking place already-it's always been taking place. You just didn't notice  ...

— Tom McCarthy

It was such a joy to be an actor on 'The Wire.'

— Tom McCarthy

The passion and knowledge of journalism as storytelling is incredibly infectious.

— Tom McCarthy

Ultimately, as an actor, it comes down to committing to the text in the script.

— Tom McCarthy

A lot of times, I'll resist the temptation to visually define a movie until, one, I really understand just what the movie's about, and two, until I start talking to my cinematographer.

— Tom McCarthy

With docs, there's often a very direct communication between the filmmaker and the audience. With narrative movies, we leave it a little bit more open.

— Tom McCarthy

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