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From the 9/6/08 Times review by Michael Arditti: “He [Holroyd] creates a saga in
which the glories of an older generation are dissipated by children.”
One of many fine books by this quasi-native son, The Courting of Marcus Dupree
chronicles the feverish college recruitment of a promising high school football
player in the early ‘80s. Willie Morris, an editor of the Daily Texan in the 50’s,
after a stint in The Big Apple returned home to Mississippi and found this story
there. It’s more than the story of a high school football star and his family
working their way through the tangle of possibilities and promises offered in the
recruitment process. It’s a look into the soul of this town where twenty years
before three young civil rights workers had been murdered.
Billy the Kid is the subject of many books and movies. Bob Dylan, called by one
of our English faculty “the American Homer,” wrote the music for one of movies.
Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient, wrote a book of poems and vignettes
in Billy’s stead. I doubt our interest in Billy would have thrived so if not for
Burns’ book, published in 1926 and based on accounts of people living then who had
known Billy. Burns creates such a sympathetic character and tells the story so well,
not wanting to go to sleep with Billy’s end on my mind, I had to stop reading just
before the death scene.
I’m a huge Neil Young fan. I grew up in the 1970s and remember listening to so
many of his songs on the radio. A few years ago, my favorite cousin Joey was
visiting for SXSW and brought Shakey with him. During the day, he sat on the porch
and could not put it down (at night he was downtown rockin’ out). He said the book
was really interesting, especially if you like Neil Young and music from the 60s and
70s. We had a copy at the Fine Arts Library and I checked it out. What an excellent
biography. Young is very private and this is the first in depth account of his life.
I highly recommend this account of Young’s life.
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