Susan Blassingame, dean at Lubbock Christian University, political fiction research- representations of Richard Nixon
â€œNews and Politics: The Role of the CafÃ© â€œ
This is a live blogging of the session.
At TCU did a paper on cafÃ©. …asked to do more work and present it at the Paris CafÃ© in Ft Worth.
Skip Hollingsworth writing an article about power breakfasts in Texas (for Texas Monthly)
always interested in cafÃ©
not sure why
uncle used to take us to the cafÃ© in Big Spring, where I grew up
continue to do research
took my parents across panhandle on Rte 66 to hit every cafÃ©
â€œHave you ever eaten at Froggyâ€™s?â€ at Robert Lee, defunct cafÃ©
scholarly article to honor previous dean from Spur, TX: Don Wms, theater professor
He knows someone in each department in Texas.
proportionally there are more famous people from Spur than you can imagine
small towns that appear in literature
Now, Dixie Dog and the Dairy Queen remain in Spur.
Claymore knows if he wants to get the straight story, he must go to the cafÃ©.
McMurtry questions whether the storyteller at the cafÃ© still exists.
Ultimately decides storytelling remains a significant part of our lives.
Texasville, chapter 4, DQ ringed with pickups
introduces us to the crowd
oil field workers, ranch workers, and the â€œgirlsâ€ from the City Hall
DQ discussion centers on direct issues: oil economy
world affairs how they effect their own town
Sonny Crawford reads part of the paper to his audienceâ€¦ parts that respond to their situation.
â€œno pass, no playâ€ most important thing since Civil War
CafÃ© is dominated by two men: newspaper publisher and the big rancher
WTx oil situation, farm, and the schools â€œup at the schoolâ€ particularly with athletics
â€œbetter get down to the cafÃ© to see what he had done right and pick up pointersâ€ HS coach
How power structure in community is reflected in how folks sit and where.
Definitely true. Remember this from restaurant in Switzerland.
CafÃ© culture is extendedâ€¦ by barber shop.
Robert Lee the women invaded the barber shop for six weeks because salon lady had a hysterectomy.
Barber shop is good example of same thing.