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Art in America by Ron McLarty
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Sep 20, 2008

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Read in September, 2008

Very entertaining. Steven Kearney has written thousands of pages of poetry, short stories and some of the longest novels in the history of the form. None of them were published. So, when the small town of Creedemore, CO asks him to write a play for their historical society's extravaganza, he moves from New York to Colorado.
Unfortunately, his arrival coincides with regional political/environmental upheaval and while he struggles with his own doubts about his artistic abilities, he meets a woman he falls in love with, and he is swept up in the confrontation of man vs. nature, the nature of man, man's "rights" to nature, and is caught between the opposing forces determined to impose their rule on a land rich in history and beauty.
There is lots of humor here. The characters are rich and varied, and McLarty explores the connection between art, man, nature, and the difficulty in finding the harmony between them. Like his first book, "The Memory of Running" McLarty has a way of making you laugh, and then wanting to cry at his characters' predicaments. Well worth the read.
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