"Before I was out of high school I realized I was witnessing the dying of a way of life-the rural, pastoral way of life. In the Southwest the best energies were no longer to be found on the homeplace, or in the small towns; the cities required these energies and the cities bought them...
"I recognized, too, that the no-longer-open but still spacious range on which my ranching family had made its livelihood...would not produce a livelihood for me or my siblings and their kind. The cattle range had become the oil patch; the dozer cap replaced the Stetson almost overnight. The myth of the cowboy grew purer every year because there were so few cowboys left to contradict it...
"I had been living in cities for fourteen years when I pulled together these essays; intellectually I had long been a city boy, but imaginatively I was still trudging up the dusty path that led out of the country."
Original title: In A Narrow Grave
Genre: Fiction→ Nonfiction (admin Use Only)
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- The first printing of this novel by Encino Press in 1968 is extremely rare due to the misprint "skycrappers" instead of "skyscrapers" on page 105.