Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen : reflections at sixty and beyond (eBook, 2001) [WorldCat.org]
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Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen : reflections at sixty and beyond

Author: Larry McMurtry
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2001, 1999] ©1999
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First Touchstone editionView all editions and formats
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In a lucid, brilliant work of nonfiction -- as close to an autobiography as his readers are likely to get -- Larry McMurtry has written a family portrait that also serves as a larger portrait of Texas itself, as it was and as it has become. Using as a springboard an essay by the German literary critic Walter Benjamin that he first read in Archer City's Dairy Queen, McMurtry examines the small-town way of life that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
collective biographies
Biographies
Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
McMurtry, Larry.
Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen.
(OCoLC)655645539
Named Person: Larry McMurtry; Larry McMurtry; Larry McMurtry; Larry McMurtry
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Larry McMurtry
ISBN: 9781439127599 143912759X
OCLC Number: 893688011
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: 1999.
"A Touchstone book."
Description: 1 online resource (204 pages) : illustrations
Responsibility: Larry McMurtry.

Abstract:

In a lucid, brilliant work of nonfiction -- as close to an autobiography as his readers are likely to get -- Larry McMurtry has written a family portrait that also serves as a larger portrait of Texas itself, as it was and as it has become. Using as a springboard an essay by the German literary critic Walter Benjamin that he first read in Archer City's Dairy Queen, McMurtry examines the small-town way of life that big oil and big ranching have nearly destroyed. He praises the virtues of everything from a lime Dr. Pepper to the lost art of oral storytelling, and describes the brutal effect of the sheer vastness and emptiness of the Texas landscape on Texans, the decline of the cowboy, and the reality and the myth of the frontier. McMurtry writes frankly and with deep feeling about his own experiences as a writer, a parent, and a heart patient, and he deftly lays bare the raw material that helped shape his life's work: the creation of a vast, ambitious, fictional panorama of Texas in the past and the present. Throughout, McMurtry leaves his readers with constant reminders of his all-encompassing, boundless love of literature and books.

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