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April 22, 2009


I haven't read The Gay Place in more than 20 years, and had just about forgotten I'd ever read it at all - as soon as I post this comment the rereading begins! Great book, great post - thanks!

OMG, that sounds like ... I need to read that.

The Gay Place is one of my favorites. I've read it no less than half a dozen times in the last 30 years. Every single time it rings as true as the first. Having lived in long ago Austin and feeling like I know the settings make me wish for the city as it was in the books. I've never really understood why it is not better known. The section based loosely on some version of the filming of a fictional Giant is remarkable.

I was lucky enough to visit San Marcos and study drafts of the sequel. In those pages were the seeds of a novel that would have been equally as much fun to read.

A different slant on politics, but which I now think should be mentioned in the same breath as Gay Place is Ethan Canin's, America, American, which provides the logical evolution of the political manuvering and power of The Gay Place.

thanks for the Canin rec jtdoode, I'll check it out.

I'm privileged to work at the university you mention and the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Witliff Collections in general are without a doubt, stunning jewels in our crown. Don't know if you've heard but they also recently acquired Cormac McCarthy's papers and Jim Hightower, in true populist spirit, DONATED his archives to the collection.

On the 40th anniversary of GP's publication, Texas Monthly and the SWC co-hosted a tribute evening with readings and recollections of Brammer contemporaries. Both his ex wives, his daughters and son, and a room full of beautifully aged 50's era hipsters and political movers and shakers were there. I've been to all kinds of events, concerts, readings, etc, and that night was an unforgettable standout. Living history, you know? There was some reading from Fustian Days as well as Shelby and Sidney Brammer's screenplay adaptation of GP. (That was 8 years ago-they've just previewed an excerpt of the film in Austin. Title is Flea Circus. I'm looking forward to the final release. )

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