Land of the Permanent Wave
An Edwin "Bud" Shrake Reader
343 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
Sales Date: March 1, 2008
Edwin "Bud" Shrake is one of the most intriguing literary talents to emerge from Texas. He has written vividly in fiction and nonfiction about everything from the early days of the Texas Republic to the making of the atomic bomb. His real gift has been to capture the Texas Zeitgeist. Legendary Harper's Magazine editor Willie Morris called Shrake's essay "Land of the Permanent Wave" one of the two best pieces Morris ever published during his tenure at the magazine. High praise, indeed, when one considers that Norman Mailer and Seymour Hersh were just two of the luminaries featured at Harper's during Morris's reign.
This anthology is the first to present and explore Shrake's writing completely, including his journalism, fiction, and film work, both published and previously unpublished. The collection makes innovative use of his personal papers and letters to explore the connections between his journalism and his novels, between his life and his art. An exceptional behind-the-scenes look at his life, Land of the Permanent Wave reveals and reveres the life and calling of a writer whose legacy continues to influence and engage readers and writers nearly fifty years into his career.
Land of the Permanent Wave offers a vibrant look at American and Texas culture through the eyes of one of the most remarkable writers the state has produced. Edwin “Bud” Shrake seems to have packed about six lifetimes worth of living into one, and he writes about his experiences with intelligence, wit, and skill.~Ben Fountain
- Foreword (Larry L. King)
- Introduction (Steven L. Davis)
- Part 1: Strange Peaches in the "Land of the Permanent Wave"
- Is He Edwin, or Is He Bud?
- Cops Eat Kid's Pet
- Priest Taunted at Mansfield
- Letter: April 10, 1963, from the Navel of Mother Europe
- Jason and the Oui Oui Club (from But Not for Love)
- The Land of the Permanent Wave
- John Lee Wallace, Reporting from Dallas (from Strange Peaches)
- There Will Be Chickens
- The Hunts of Dallas
- Visit to Big Earl's (from Strange Peaches)
- Letter: August 7, 1969, on Dallas
- The Kennedy Motorcade (from Strange Peaches)
- No Day for Games
- Part 2: From New York to Chihuahua
- Letter: February 2, 1966, to NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
- Letters from New York, 1964-1966
- The Once-Forbidding Land
- Gerhardt's Farm (from Blessed McGill)
- Matthew Caldwell in Houston City (from The Borderland)
- Letter: May 29, 1965, on Writing Blessed McGill
- Letter: September 8, 1966, on Visiting Chihuahua
- The Tarahumaras: A Lonely Tribe of Long-Distance Runners
- Letter: October 4, 1967, on the Publication of Blessed McGill
- Going into Chihuahua (from Blessed McGill)
- Part 3: Mad Dogs and Outlaws
- The Best-Kept Secret in America (from Willie: An Autobiography)
- The Screwing Up of Austin
- Letter: December 16, 1969, on Mad Dog, Inc.
- The Regenerator Erection Laboratory (from Peter Arbiter)
- Letter: August 1, 1969, from Zihuatanejo
- Scenes from Kid Blue ("Dime Box")
- Letter: November 4, 1973, on Larry Mahan
- Horsing Around with Bull
- Rafting the Big Bend
- Part 4: Night Never Falls
- Letters to Larry L. King, 1978-1983
- Scene from "Pancho Villa and Ambrose Bierce"
- Scenes from "The Big Mamoo"
- The Angels of Dien Bien Phu (from Night Never Falls)
- Letter: March 8, 1988, to LLK, on Being "Sodbuster Two"
- Backstories: Sodbusters One and Two
- Letter: February 12, 1998, to LLK, on Getting Older
- Showdown at the Colonial (from Billy Boy)
- From Custer's Brother's Horse
- How to Live Forever