Cormac McCarthy Loves a Modest Diner or Lunchcounter: His Novels Are Full of Such Places

From a New York Times Critic’s Notebook by Dwight Garner headlined “Cormac McCarthy Loves a Good Diner”:

Cormac McCarthy has long presented himself as a man of simple appetites. When Richard B. Woodward caught up with him in 1992, for a rare profile that ran in The New York Times Magazine, McCarthy was living an austere life in a cottage behind a shopping center in El Paso and eating his meals off a hot plate or in diners.

That sounded about right. Diners — which he sometimes calls cafeterias or lunchcounters or drugstores — are all over the place in McCarthy’s fiction. They’re homes away from home for his drifting men and women.