University of Texas Press, Oct 1, 2004 - Art - 337 pages
The liquid lifeline of an arid land, the Rio Grande has always been a vital presence in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. A source of human sustenance for at least 15,000 years, the river has also been a site of conflict ever since exploring Spaniards first crossed its channel to colonize the Native Americans. Today, it is one of the frontiers in the war against terrorism in the Middle East. Yet the Rio Grande has a life independent of the people who use it as a border, or a hiding place, or an ever-diminishing source of irrigation water. This autonomous life of the river is what the writers and photographers included in this book seek to capture.
Rio Grande explores the ecology, history, culture, and politicization of the river. Jan Reid has assembled writings by an astonishing array of leading authors—Larry McMurtry, Tony Hillerman, Paul Horgan, Charles Bowden, John Graves, Woody Guthrie, John Reed, John Nichols, Robert Boswell, James Carlos Blake, Elena Poniatowska, William Langewiesche, Molly Ivins, Dagoberto Gilb, and Gloria Anzaldúa, to name but a few—who ponder the river's historical and contemporary meanings through short stories, essays, newspaper and magazine articles, and excerpts from novels, histories, memoirs, and nonfiction reporting. Reid also adds his own reflections on the river, drawn from years of traveling the Rio Grande, talking to its people, and conducting archival research.
In addition to the fine writing, historical and contemporary photographs by such well-known photographers as Laura Gilpin, Russell Lee, Robert Runyon, Bill Wittliff, W. D. Smithers, James Evans, Frank Armstrong, Ave Bonar, Earl Nottingham, and Alan Pogue create a stunning visual record of the stark beauty and elemental lifeways of the Rio Grande. As a whole, these voices and visions confirm the river's significance, not only as a real place, but even more as an object of the mythic imagination.
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RlO DEL NORTE I
JOHN GRAVES Big River
JOHN REED from Insurgent Mexico
DON HENRY FO RD J R from Contraband?
ROBERT DRAPER Soldiers of Misfortune
ARISTEO BRTO from The Devil in Texas
STEPHEN HARRIGANHighway One from Comanche Midnight
MARIA EUGENIA GUERRANothing to Declare
ROLANDO HINOJOSA fromA Sense of Place
JAMES CARLOS BLAKEfrom In the Rogue Blood
IRENE BELTRAN HERN A N DEZ from Across the Great River
AMERIGO PAREDES from George Washington Gomez
GARY CARTWRIGHT Border Towns from Confessions of a WashedUp
OSCAR CASARESDomingo from Brownsville
c MuRTRY from Lonesome Dove
ELMER KELTON from TheTime It Never Rained
TOM MILLER Confessions of a Parrot Trooper from OH the Border
JOHN DAVID sow from The Long Road North
GLORIA ANZALDUA from Borderlands
Acknowledgments and Credits
Texas State University /All Locations
Contents, Paul Horgan, from Great river -- Tony Hillerman, from New Mexico, Rio Grande and other essays -- William Logan, "The old meat hunter" -- John ...
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