Larry McMurtry’s Words of Wisdom

From an amazing author, one of my faves, Rusty Rhoad!


Back in 1971, I took a creative writing course from Larry McMurtry.  It wasn’t a great course, by any means.  He split time between reading from his new manuscript in final revision–All My Friends McMurtryAllMyFriends1Are Going to be Strangers–and telling us of the latest saga in acting as an adviser to the filming of his earlier novel, The Last Picture Show.  This was back before he published the Lonesome Dove series, which I consider to be his greatest accomplishment.  Each week we turned in something we’d written, and they came back with a red check and occasionally a cryptic comment.  Worse, I fancied myself a poet in those day.

But it was a great experience, even if it wasn’t a great course.

Larry McMurtryLarry McMurtry circa 1971

Many years later, I read a touching bit of wisdom by Larry McMurtry.  I believe it was in the preface to

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