A conversation between author Cormac McCarthy and the Coen Brothers, about the new movie No Country for Old Men

... Met Two Very Idiosyncratic Filmmaking Brothers

Eric Ogden for TIME

From left, author Cormac McCarthy and Joel and Ethan Cohen.

A conversation between Cormac McCarthy and Joel and Ethan Coen

If you were going to play the parlor game of arranging the most interesting, improbable, imaginary conversation among American entertainers, you could do worse than the one that took place in midtown Manhattan earlier this month. The participants were the filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, known for smart, stylish and slightly silly movies like Fargo and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and the novelist Cormac McCarthy, who won the National Book Award for All the Pretty Horses and the Pulitzer Prize for The Road. If it were a reality show it...

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