August 22, 2003 |
Dusty streets, a blinking traffic light and churning oil rigs in the bone-dry hills are the backdrop for the classic movie "The Last Picture Show" -- and for an unlikely oasis for used-book lovers. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Larry McMurtry, author of "Terms of Endearment," "Lonesome Dove" and "The Last Picture Show," has turned his hometown of Archer City into what several book dealers say is one of the preeminent places in the United States to search for used books.
December 15, 2002 |
The great novelists, Larry McMurtry believes, write their masterpieces in the prime of life. And at 66, he figures he's past his prime. The powers that inspired ''The Last Picture Show'' and ''Terms of Endearment'' are in decline. By his own reckoning, the curtain fell on his great period 17 years ago, with the publication of ''Lonesome Dove.'' McMurtry remains stunningly prolific; he churned out four novels during the past year, the last two at a gallop.