RIP Sam Shepard and Don Pierce

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  • 31 Jul 2017 at 1:24 pm #9752

    Richard L.
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    Here’s the link for Shepard.
    https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/31/sam-shepard-dies-73-playwright-bloodline-right-stuff

    We were just trying to get a conversation going on Winters’ new biography of the man, which last week was a bargain download at Amazon.

    I need to rewatch THE RIGHT STUFF again.


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    31 Jul 2017 at 2:26 pm #9753

    Rick Wallach
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    01 Aug 2017 at 8:35 pm #9758

    mother_he
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    SFI’s tribute to Sam:
    https://santafe.edu/news-center/news/tribute-sam-shepard

    Sam’s office was in the Institute library where we could hear him typing out essays and plays on his Olympia SM9. When Cormac McCarthy and Sam worked in adjoining rooms of the library, the Institute resounded like a nineteenth-century steel mill — deafening hammering of dueling Olivettis and Olympias.


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    09 Aug 2017 at 9:14 pm #9761

    mother_he
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    http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/news/a56901/sam-shepard-josh-brolin-no-country-for-old-men/

    Sam Shepard has died. I am thrown into an overwhelming reverie, onto a zoetrope of my entire adulthood of a head buried in his words, traveling my old mustang through deserts hot with Waylon Jennings or Bach on the radio, of my Mom and our bucolic motel jaunts and late night jukebox bars. Sam, in Austin, TX, was the one who told me about a book called “No Country for Old Men” and that they were making a movie that he hoped “they didn’t fuck up”. I read the book that day. And the only time I’ve been on Broadway was in Sam Shepard’s “True West”. All Sam. — Sam turned beiges into symphonies, cowboys into civil presidents, and the local feed and grain into the Taj Mahal. His writings made me feel less of a freak growing up in bucolic California, and reminded me that ranch life was quintessentially and wildly American and that I was American and that I could question those trying to arrest art and I could find art in an oak tree. Sam Shepard made freeways like the 210 cool. His “Motel Chronicles” and “Hawk Moon” I’ve read through no less than hundreds of times. His words were my scripture, my sibling, my candle. Rest In Peace, Friendo. To your words, always: “I feel like I’ve never had a home, you know? I feel related to the country, to this country, and yet I don’t know exactly where I fit in… There’s always this kind of nostalgia for a place, a place where you can reckon with yourself” — Sam Shepard


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