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West of 98 : living and writing the new American West

Format: Print Book 2011
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 814.6 W47
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  814.6 W47

What does it mean to be a westerner? With all the mythology that has grown up about the American West, is it even possible to describe "how it was, how it is, here, in the West--just that," in the words of Lynn Stegner? Starting with that challenge, Stegner and Russell Rowland invited several dozen members of the western literary tribe to write about living in the West and being a western writer in particular. West of 98 gathers sixty-six literary testimonies, in essays and poetry, from a stellar collection of writers who represent every state west of the 98th parallel--a kind of Greek chorus of the most prominent voices in western literature today, who seek to "characterize the West as each of us grew to know it, and, equally important, the West that is still becoming."

In West of 98, western writers speak to the ways in which the West imprints itself on the people who live there, as well as how the people of the West create the personality of the region. The writers explore the western landscape--how it has been revered and abused across centuries--and the inescapable limitations its aridity puts on all dreams of conquest and development. They dismantle the boosterism of manifest destiny and the cowboy and mountain man ethos of every-man-for-himself, and show instead how we must create new narratives of cooperation if we are to survive in this spare and beautiful country. The writers seek to define the essence of both actual and metaphoric wilderness as they journey toward a West that might honestly be called home.

A collective declaration not of our independence but of our interdependence with the land and with each other, West of 98 opens up a whole new panorama of the western experience.

Big grass / Louise Erdrich
Wealth of the west / Larry Woiwode
Whose west? Which west? West of what? / Larry Watson
Viewed from ground level / Dan O'Brien
Naked time / Kent Meyers
Why the west? / Ron Hansen
The fence / Jonis Agee
Or three places / Antonya Nelson
The light at the bottom of the mind / Rick Bass
Points / Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Between the Sans Bois and the Kiamichi / Jim Barnes
Excerpt from Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen / Larry McMurtry
Slurry, drainage, frontage road / Susanna Sonnenberg
Geopiety ; River sequence I/VII / Jim Harrison
Wolf and coyote and kumbaya / Gary Ferguson
What we leave / Judy Blunt
Reading Montana / Ed Kemmick
Ranching in suburbia / Dan Aadland
Chasing the lamb / Russell Rowland
The summer of now / Annick Smith
The native home of governors on horseback / John Clayton
The way home / Willard Wyman
The imaginary book of cave paintings / Melissa Kwasny
Livingston blows / Walter Kirn
Where should we be? / William Kittredge
Self-portrait as the strong and silent type / Alyson Hagy
Blood west / Kenneth Lincoln
Motherlands and mother tongues : five reflections on language and landscape / Lee Ann Roripaugh
Blame it on Rancho Deluxe / C. J. Box
The conceit of girls / Teresa Jordan
Pinus contorta / Beth Loffreda
Where the burn meets the dead / Gretel Ehrlich
Illustrations of the west : the first being second-hand, the second first / Stephen Graham Jones
Cowboy up, cupcake? No thanks / Laura Pritchett
The fatal west / Patricia Nelson Limerick
A shape-shifting land / Page Lambert
Moving west, writing east / Tom Miller
Tasting a sense of place in the arid west / Gary Nabhan
Entre mundos/Between worlds / Denise Chávez
Matins in the cathedral of wind / David Lee
On language : a short meditation / Kim Barnes
Utah cabin under heaven, July 3 / Ron Carlson
Plucked from the grave / Debra Gwartney
Two poems / Robert Wrigley
Tumbling toward the sea / Stephen Trimble
Friendship / Stephen Trimble
Red / Amy Irvine
Growing up western / Jim Hepworth
No direction home / Charles Bowden
Beyond this place there be dragons / Sally Denton
City of nomads, city of second chances / Douglas Unger
Places names / Ursula K. Le Guin
East to the west / John Daniel
Three poems / David Guterson
Celilo Falls / Craig Lesley
A dark light in the west : racism and reconciliation / Barry Lopez
Dirty stories / David Mas Masumoto
Two poems / Gary Snyder
"It's like they tilted the whole country east-to-west and everything that wasn't tied-down slid" / Louis B. Jones
Star struck / Peter Fish
Dias de los muertos / Maxine Hong Kingston
The San Francisco psyche / Harold Gilliam
Three poems / Jane Hirshfield
Maria Evangeliste / Greg Sarris
Headed / Kris Saknussemm
The sense of no place / Page Stegner.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Editors Stegner (Because a Fire Was in My Head) and Rowland (Open Spaces), and the writers they've gathered, ask what it means to be a Westerner. Many of the stories, poems, and essays in this enjoyable collection touch on widely recognized images-cowboys, cattle, the Great Plains-while others present frank, forthright arguments about race and politics specific to the states west of the 98th meridian, which runs from Texas to North Dakota. Understanding the beauty and aridity of this inhospitable land proves as essential as understanding its people. While pastoral reminiscences by Louise Erdrich and Larry McMurtry are memorable, the book's strongest voices take a critical stance. In Stephen Graham Jones's terrifying "Two Illustrations of the West," he explores the dark sub-culture of road-side violence. In "A Dark Light in the West: Racism and Reconciliation," Barry Lopez tackles the history of racism in Oregon and "the deep wounds engendered by Manifest Destiny." This comprehensive and sometimes contradictory collection offers as much pleasure as scholarly merit. (Sept.)             © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects American literature -- West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) -- Literary collections.
Publisher Austin :University of Texas Press,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles West of Ninety-eight
Contributors Stegner, Lynn.
Rowland, Russell.
Language English
Description xxiii, 392 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780292723436 (cloth : alk. paper)
0292723431 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780292726864 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0292726864 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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