LOST IN THE NOISE

March 11 — LEVELLAND, James McMurtry (1995)

IMG_1701It’s hard to say where West Texas begins and ends, but when you’re in the middle, you’re sure of it. It’s amazing how vast one region of one state can be. The sky, the land. It never ends. We drove 600 miles today, past scrub-brush and decrepit old barns, through oil fields and one-horse towns. Dairy Queen in every county, pump-jacks and yuccas, winter wheat and rows of cotton, and clouds like a painting. Today, West Texas ended at the gateway to the Big Bend region and started near Archer City, home of “Lonesome Dove” novelist Larry McMurtry, whose son, singer-songwriter James McMurtry, summed up the wonder of the region in “Levelland.”

 

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