"On the Threshold of the King: A Deposition."

On May 4th, 2017, we deposed Tom McCarthy for 45 minutes. To our surprise, entertainment, and horror, the subject in question spoke of materialism's relationship to aesthetics. How, Mr. McCarthy asked, might we learn to read and see the realm of the aesthetic--and of the literary--outside the instrumentalist logics that characterize the era of the ersatz?