Larry McMurtry is the author of more than thirty novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove. He has also written memoirs and essays, and received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Brokeback Mountain. He lives in Archer City, Texas.,Larry McMurtry was born in Texas. His first novel, Horseman, Pass By, was filmed as Hud; his second, Leaving Cheyenne, was filmed as Lovin' Molly; his third, The Last Picture Show, also filmed, won him full-scale recognition in the United States. The cinematic treatment of Terms of Endearment swept the boards at the 1984 Academy Awards, winning Oscars in several categories including Best Picture. "
" Larry McMurtry now lives in Washington, where he runs a bookshop.
Larry McMurtry is the author of more than thirty novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove. He has also written memoirs and essays, and received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Brokeback Mountain. He lives in Archer City, Texas. We caught up...
larrymcmurtrywriterbookseller - 3 months ago
I've been ruminating lately about my life, its highs and its lows, now that I'm about to turn 81 years old. It has brought to mind the last chapter of my novel "Streets of Laredo":
29. Charles Goodnight and a young cowboy named J. D. Brown were out looking for a stray bull one day. They finally found the bull on the Quitaque, dead; it had managed to strangle itself with a coil of barbed wire.
Now and again, if he was in the vicinity, Goodnight stopped by to pay his respects to Call and the Parkers. They found Call standing in his workroom in the barn, sharpening a sickle that a farmer from Silverton had nicked badly while cutting hay. The blind girl was rounding up her chickens. There must have been fifty chickens, at least, and there were also more goats than Goodnight was accustomed to seeing anywhere.
They visited a minute, or tried to. Call scarcely looked up from his work. He had several hatchets and an ax in a bucket beside him that he needed to sharpen, once he finished with the sickle. Pea Eye was out plowing, but Goodnight and J. D. Brown took a glass of buttermilk with Lorena before they left. Lorena was heavy with child; she paid Goodnight twenty dollars against her debt on the shack he had built for Call.
On the ride back across the gray plains, the young cowboy— he was just twenty— looked rather despondent. Goodnight ignored his despondence for a while, then got tired of it. What did a healthy sprout of twenty have to be despondent about?
“What’s made you look so peaked, J.D.?” Goodnight inquired.
“Why, it’s Captain Call, I guess,” the young cowboy said.
He was glad to talk about it, to get his dark feelings out. “What about Captain Call?” Goodnight asked.
“Why, wasn’t he a great Ranger?” the boy asked. “I’ve always heard he was the greatest Ranger of all.”
“Yes, he had exceptional determination," Goodnight told him.
“Well, but now look... what’s he doing? Sharpening sickles in a dern barn!” J.D. exclaimed. Goodnight was silent for a bit. He wished his young cowboys would keep their minds on the stock, and not be worrying so about things they couldn’t change.
“Woodrow Call had his time,” he said, finally. “It was a long time, too. Life’s but a knife edge, anyway. Sooner or later people slip and get cut.”
“Well, you ain’t slipped,” J. D. Brown said.
“How would you know, son?” Goodnight said.
larrymcmurtrywriterbookseller - 4 months ago
More bragging rights ~ my son, the troubadour James McMurtry:
Happy Wednesday. I've decided to auction off the two typewriters on which I wrote "Lonesome Dove", my novel published back in the 1980s. I still have several Hermes typewriters left on which I wrote each of my 50+ books ~ but I'll save those for another day. For interested parties (if any), here's a link to the auction page:
larrymcmurtrywriterbookseller - 6 months ago
Bragging rights. My grandson, Curtis McMurtry: http://www.rollingstone.com/country/lists/10-new-country-artists-you-need-to-know-january-2017-w461425/curtis-mcmurtry-w461427
Well ~ I've decided to auction off my comic collection accumulated for the past 50 years ~ for anyone who might be interested, here is a link to the auction house where they will begin to list my comics. Have a look through the coming days as they post more and more of my collection:
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