Cliff Hudder MFA, Texas A&M U working on PhD,
â€œReading McMurtry at the Dairy Queenâ€
This is a live blogging of the session.
Texas sees itself as Texas.
What happens when you try to tinker with special effects.
how quickly small town values can erode when removed from itself
family homestead in Spur
arrive at bed with floozies
sinful megalopolis was Pasadena
waitresses are keepers of the flame.
What happens if change comes and comes fast?
fictional town where this happens, is a destruction.
Horesman Pass By– diaspora advance, exile
Last Picture Show
escape, ambivalence, and return
similar to Hawthorneâ€™s â€œWakefieldâ€ which ends with â€œindividuals are so nicely adjusted to a systemâ€¦ by stepping aside, a man is at risk for losing his placeâ€
Maybe Texas has created a chip on its shoulder.
Maybe itâ€™s only because I came up in Pasadena.
Living so close to Houston, one canâ€™t help but feel marginalized.
radio regularly gave diatribes on KILT against Pasadena
population has little to do with â€œsmall country townâ€
Pasadena is the birthplace of Texas, along with five or six other cities.
Hawthorne warns that dead have as much chance as visiting homes as Wakefield. That doesnâ€™t stop me or McMurtry from trying to go home.
all the categories in a novel are scrambled
Texasville by McMurtry
hard to see the returnâ€¦
McMurtryâ€™s take on small towns might be different.
Dennyâ€™s is cowboy hats, Middle Eastern oil guys, â€¦
angel of history, linear
where we perceive one change after another
angel sees one continuing pile of disasters.
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan on the roof of some building on Red Bluff Road in Pasadena.
for most of the 1990s the Klan building has said â€œHernandez Upholsteryâ€
3 wks ago there again
The building is undergoing renovation, what is going to pile on next?
Contact Zone â€“ article? book? contact zone of cultures
irony that the stereotype is true and not true
a lot of scholarly characterizations of small town just donâ€™t quite fit
students may resent the narrative about themâ€¦