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Horsemen, Goodbye
Texas Monthly Magazine, by Larry McMurtry

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/13/2013 11:34:20 AM

In 1968, five years before this magazine was born, I published—with Bill and Sally Wittliff’s elegant, Austin-based Encino Press—a slim book of essays called In a Narrow Grave, a title derived from a well-known range cattle ballad, “The Dying Cowboy.” No New York publisher had the slightest interest in the book. The dying cowboy of the lament asked his comrades to fling a handful of roses o’er his grave and pray the Lord his soul to save. The handful of roses I flung was a 25-page anatomy of the more or less major cities of Texas,

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I hope even some non-Texans might enjoy this change from politics as usual. I was born in Austin and grew up in and around Fort Worth. I share his view of Dallas.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 2/13/2013 11:50:10 AM     (No. 9174123)

This Tulsan and his KY lady both love San Antonio and Ft. Worth. My late Dad was stationed at Carswell-Wolters AFB near Mineral Wells and was part of the contruction crew that laid down the runways for those mighty B-36s.

Dallas brings back good college memories, like eating at Spaghetti Warehouse or El Fenix, driving down from Tulsa to spend the weekend partying at the KA house at SMU, take in the Cowboys game on Sunday (back in the mid-to-late 70s when they really were America´s Team) and hitting I-35N after the game to head back home.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Texan at Heart, 2/13/2013 11:57:23 AM     (No. 9174138)

Thanks for posting. I was a student at Rice when McMurtry was there, although I never took a course he taught. Having returned to my native Noo Yawk long ago, I read many of his novels to remind me of what will always be "home"...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 2/13/2013 12:07:11 PM     (No. 9174156)

A good read. Thanks for posting. As a Philly kid visiting when I was 12, Texas opened up my eyes to the rest of America.

The vanishing frontier and the changing cities is a theme non only in Texas, but throughout the west; Denver, Cheyenne, Albuquerque....

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Lou E Brown, 2/13/2013 12:11:41 PM     (No. 9174163)

Though we commuted together to college in Denton, Texas, and had mutual friends,he went much farther than some of us did in fame and fortune. Others of our group and mutual interests in drama and dreams for future careers went off to California and some did find a degree of fame...James Hampton for one, Joe Don Baker for another. And such a long time since then...the prairie is still there, and Texas is still the shining star that, due to recent political circumstances, continues to shine on for the folks who dream of a better way of life. Welcome to Texas, all y´all.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: paulfromTexas, 2/13/2013 2:09:27 PM     (No. 9174376)

Air conditioning ruined Texas long ago.
She used to thin the herd on her own with her summers and storms of springtime.
No more.
I´ve lived in every corner in which a man can live and expect any comfort.
Texas is still Texas though, and west of Austin, folks still wave atcha when you pass them or let them pass you on the highway.
Folks will still stop and help someone on the roadside to change a tire.
We live in the last bastion of a true republic and are blessed to do so.
There simply is no better place to be.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: markinalpine, 2/13/2013 2:34:07 PM     (No. 9174425)

Mr. McMurtry wrote: "In support of this thesis I cited various examples of a frequent resort to gunplay such as might occur on a frontier, my favorite being a snippet from one of the Houston papers about a diner on the always risky north side who shot a waiter because there weren’t enough beans in his chili..."
To many chili-heads, putting beans in chili would be justification for shooting the diner, not the waiter.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Edgelady, 2/13/2013 2:48:25 PM     (No. 9174451)

He put his finger on that struggle that Texans wish to persevere. I grew up in Austin. I suppose one could say it´s civilized now....but once you´ve seen tons of variously tattooed young people it looks more tribal.

So I chose to leave for the country life. Things seem far more civil to me, and fighting mother nature feels comfortable, real comfortable.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/13/2013 2:52:37 PM     (No. 9174457)

I saw that "beans in chili" anecdote and I think McMurtry has spent too much time out of Texas, forgetting that real Texas chili has no beans, so messed up his own story.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Penney, 2/13/2013 4:09:10 PM     (No. 9174601)

South Texas was our home for many wonderful years and we raised our family there. Texas is a great place for children to grow up! We will all always love the entire state of Texas, especially South Texas, West Texas and the Hill Country, each so uniquely special.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/13/2013 6:17:50 PM     (No. 9174793)

I didn´t think that Texans put beans in their chili... But what do I know. I am a Native Californian. I am two generations away from my Texas roots.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 2/14/2013 2:15:36 AM     (No. 9175332)

Thought New Orleans´ Katrina transplants stayed and made Houston less desirable... Too bad...

My Dear Momma was an orphan from Dallas... Raised by her Aunt and Her Dear Black Mammy who loved her so, and were devoted to her upbringing... that´s the way The South did things... On their own...

I remember Momma telling us of thinking nothing of driving from Big D to Waco for an event ... And one time I was to meet a special person in Waco covering an event, and the Waco Flight would require an hour wait, rented a car and got there before the plane...

Only in Texas...

Sweet memories... thanks for posting...



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