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This blog is a series of copies or (if longer) links to relevant blog posts over at my main blog, Madam Mayo. Unless not.

February 18, 2013
Just posted: "A Visit to Swan House" and reflections on literary travel writing in the digital age, my reading for PEN San Miguel in San Miguel de Allende, January 29, 2013. This makes the 10th podcast in the 24 podcast series.

 
January 7, 2013
Just posted: My October 2012 interview with painter Mary Baxter about her luminous landscapes in her Marfa, Texas studio. This is #9 in the 24 podcast series, "Marfa Mondays."

November 6, 2012
New podcast posted: A Spell at Chinati Hot Springs. Elvis. The private art gallery. Lithium. And best of all: no email.

October 18, 2012
Some news: I'll be reading from the work-in-progress, which now has the title World Waiting for a Dream: Travels in Far West Texas, Marfa, the Big Bend & Beyond, for PEN San Miguel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, on January 29, 2012. For details, stay tuned. Better yet, join my mailing list for the (very) occasional newsletter.

P.S. Several more podcasts are in line to be posted next month: Chinati Hotsprings, Simone Swan's Adobe Alliance, Mary Baxter, and more.

July 23, 2012
Marfa Mondays Podcast #7: "We Have Seen the Lights"
(A week late due to technical snafus. Ayyyy!)
C.M. Mayo recounts personal experiences with the eerie phenomena of the Marfas Lights, also known as Marfa Ghost Lights; comments on some of the literature and research; and interviews some residents of the greater Big Bend region and Marfa. Listen in here.

June 18, 2012
Marfa Mondays #6: Marfa's Moonlight Gemstones
Now live: my podcast interview with Paul Graybeal, owner of Marfa's Moonlight Gemstones, the 6th is a series of 24 podcasts about Marfa, Texas and environs apropos of a book-in-progress (as yet untitled).
It was no exaggeration for historian Walter Prescott Webb to describe the Big Bend region as "an earthwreck in which a great section of country was shaken down, turned over, blown up, and set on fire." In short, there is ample evidence of millions of years of dramatic geological activity, with the craggiest of mountains to rocks of all kinds, from mammoth piles of boulders to pebbles. In this interview with Paul Graybeal, owner of Marfa's magnet for rock hounds, learn about agates, thundereggs, and. . . . READ MORE

May 28, 2012
The Marfa, Texas Chamber of Commerce: Why I Joined
Well, it's not 1996. That's when I started writing Miraculous Air, my travel memoir of Mexico's nearly 1,000 mile-long Baja California peninsula, which was originally published by the University of Utah Press in 2002 (now a Milkweed Editions paperback). I was traveling and writing in the Anglo-American tradition of Robert Byron (The Road to Oxiana), Frances Calderon de la Barca (Life in Mexico), Ian Frazier (Great Plains), Sara Mansfield Taber (In Patagonia), V.S. Naipaul (A Turn in the South; Among the Believers), and -- though with a sight more depth into the actual nature, history and culture of Mexico and Baja California -- John Steinbeck's The Log from the Sea of Cortez (lovely book, but it mainly takes place in his head whilst observing the shoreline from the boat). I mean to say. . . . READ MORE

May 21, 2012
Marfa Mondays #5: Cynthia McAlister: The Buzz on the Bees
Cynthia McAlister is an expert on the bees of West Texas, and as those of you who have been following this blog know, I'm crazy about bees, so this interview is one I was especially delighted be able to do. It was recorded in late January when I was traveling in the area for my book (as yet untitled). I've been back since and will be posting more podcasts-- they're scheduled for the 3rd Monday of every month through the end of 2013-- including one on the remote and restful Chinati Hotsprings and an interview with the owner of Marfa's fascinating Moonlight Gemstones. Stay tuned.. . . READ MORE

April 16, 2012
Marfa Mondays #4: Avram Dumitrescu, An Artist in Alpine
The monthly Marfa Mondays podcast is live: an interview with Avram Dumitrescu, an artist whose paintings have been featured in "Marfans: Art from the Plateau" at the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery in Odessa, and also showcased in Cenizo Journal. A native of the Channel Islands and raised in Belfast, Dumitrescu earned a bachelor's degree and Masters in Applied Arts from the University of Ulster at Belfast. He is married to journalist Megan Wilde. For more about Dumitrescu, and to view his portfolio, visit www.onlineavram.com. Recorded in late January 2012. (About 36 minutes) >>Click here to listen in.

March 19, 2012
Marfa Mondays #3: Mary Bones on the Lost Art Colony

Just posted: the third podcast in the Marfa Mondays Podcasting Project 2012-2013: Click here to listen in.

Yours Truly interviews Mary Bones, curator of the exhibit "The Lost Colony: Texas Regionalist Paintings," in the Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas.

The Lost Colony refers to the summer art colony at Sul Ross which began in 1932 and ended somewhat mysteriously in 1950. Alpine is 30 minutes northeast of Marfa— right next door.

Of the region, as Michael Duty writes in the introduction to the exhibit's catalog, "It... has long called to artists who have been captivated by its natural beauty, its history, and its people. In recent times, the area has also drawn the attention of writers and reporters who have written numerous articles touting the area's prominence as something of a center, albeit a far flung one, for contemporary art. Those articles focus primarily on Marfa and the influence that minimalist sculptor Donald Judd has had on the town..." Later, Duty adds, that Judd "was certainly not the first artist to be so captivated".

Mary Bones explains the inspiration .. READ MORE

February 20, 2012
Marfa Mondays # 2: Charles Angell in the Big Bend

Now live: The Marfa Mondays podcast, this month, an interview with Big Bend expert Charles Angell, which took place at the Hoodoos in Big Bend State Park, right on the Rio Grande, and in Fort Leaton, near Presidio, Texas. . . READ MORE

January 16, 2012
Marfa Mondays #1: Introduction and Welcome
Today, Monday, January 16, 2012 is the launch of the Marfa Mondays Podcasting Project: Exploring Marfa, Texas and Environs in 24 Podcasts, one podcast per month through 2013. This project is lieu of (though maybe in addition to) writing magazine articles as I proceed with a book project the title of which... well, it's way too early to say much about that. Suffice it to say it will be a travel memoir about West Texas. . . . READ MORE

 
 
 
 
 


















































































































































































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This blog is a series of copies or (if longer) links to relevant blog posts over at my main blog, Madam Mayo. Unless not.

 
November 6, 2012
New podcast posted: A Spell at Chinati Hot Springs. Elvis. The private art gallery. Lithium. And best of all: no email.

October 18, 2012
Some news: I'll be reading from the work-in-progress, which now has the title World Waiting for a Dream: Travels in Far West Texas, Marfa, the Big Bend & Beyond, for PEN San Miguel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, on January 29, 2012. For details, stay tuned. Better yet, join my mailing list for the (very) occasional newsletter.

P.S. Several more podcasts are in line to be posted next month: Chinati Hotsprings, Simone Swan's Adobe Alliance, Mary Baxter, and more.

July 23, 2012
Marfa Mondays Podcast #7: "We Have Seen the Lights"
(A week late due to technical snafus. Ayyyy!)
C.M. Mayo recounts personal experiences with the eerie phenomena of the Marfas Lights, also known as Marfa Ghost Lights; comments on some of the literature and research; and interviews some residents of the greater Big Bend region and Marfa. Listen in here.

June 18, 2012
Marfa Mondays #6: Marfa's Moonlight Gemstones
Now live: my podcast interview with Paul Graybeal, owner of Marfa's Moonlight Gemstones, the 6th is a series of 24 podcasts about Marfa, Texas and environs apropos of a book-in-progress (as yet untitled).
It was no exaggeration for historian Walter Prescott Webb to describe the Big Bend region as "an earthwreck in which a great section of country was shaken down, turned over, blown up, and set on fire." In short, there is ample evidence of millions of years of dramatic geological activity, with the craggiest of mountains to rocks of all kinds, from mammoth piles of boulders to pebbles. In this interview with Paul Graybeal, owner of Marfa's magnet for rock hounds, learn about agates, thundereggs, and. . . . READ MORE

May 28, 2012
The Marfa, Texas Chamber of Commerce: Why I Joined
Well, it's not 1996. That's when I started writing Miraculous Air, my travel memoir of Mexico's nearly 1,000 mile-long Baja California peninsula, which was originally published by the University of Utah Press in 2002 (now a Milkweed Editions paperback). I was traveling and writing in the Anglo-American tradition of Robert Byron (The Road to Oxiana), Frances Calderon de la Barca (Life in Mexico), Ian Frazier (Great Plains), Sara Mansfield Taber (In Patagonia), V.S. Naipaul (A Turn in the South; Among the Believers), and -- though with a sight more depth into the actual nature, history and culture of Mexico and Baja California -- John Steinbeck's The Log from the Sea of Cortez (lovely book, but it mainly takes place in his head whilst observing the shoreline from the boat). I mean to say. . . . READ MORE

May 21, 2012
Marfa Mondays #5: Cynthia McAlister: The Buzz on the Bees
Cynthia McAlister is an expert on the bees of West Texas, and as those of you who have been following this blog know, I'm crazy about bees, so this interview is one I was especially delighted be able to do. It was recorded in late January when I was traveling in the area for my book (as yet untitled). I've been back since and will be posting more podcasts-- they're scheduled for the 3rd Monday of every month through the end of 2013-- including one on the remote and restful Chinati Hotsprings and an interview with the owner of Marfa's fascinating Moonlight Gemstones. Stay tuned.. . . READ MORE

April 16, 2012
Marfa Mondays #4: Avram Dumitrescu, An Artist in Alpine
The monthly Marfa Mondays podcast is live: an interview with Avram Dumitrescu, an artist whose paintings have been featured in "Marfans: Art from the Plateau" at the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery in Odessa, and also showcased in Cenizo Journal. A native of the Channel Islands and raised in Belfast, Dumitrescu earned a bachelor's degree and Masters in Applied Arts from the University of Ulster at Belfast. He is married to journalist Megan Wilde. For more about Dumitrescu, and to view his portfolio, visit www.onlineavram.com. Recorded in late January 2012. (About 36 minutes) >>Click here to listen in.

March 19, 2012
Marfa Mondays #3: Mary Bones on the Lost Art Colony

Just posted: the third podcast in the Marfa Mondays Podcasting Project 2012-2013: Click here to listen in.

Yours Truly interviews Mary Bones, curator of the exhibit "The Lost Colony: Texas Regionalist Paintings," in the Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas.

The Lost Colony refers to the summer art colony at Sul Ross which began in 1932 and ended somewhat mysteriously in 1950. Alpine is 30 minutes northeast of Marfa— right next door.

Of the region, as Michael Duty writes in the introduction to the exhibit's catalog, "It... has long called to artists who have been captivated by its natural beauty, its history, and its people. In recent times, the area has also drawn the attention of writers and reporters who have written numerous articles touting the area's prominence as something of a center, albeit a far flung one, for contemporary art. Those articles focus primarily on Marfa and the influence that minimalist sculptor Donald Judd has had on the town..." Later, Duty adds, that Judd "was certainly not the first artist to be so captivated".

Mary Bones explains the inspiration .. READ MORE

February 20, 2012
Marfa Mondays # 2: Charles Angell in the Big Bend

Now live: The Marfa Mondays podcast, this month, an interview with Big Bend expert Charles Angell, which took place at the Hoodoos in Big Bend State Park, right on the Rio Grande, and in Fort Leaton, near Presidio, Texas. . . READ MORE

January 16, 2012
Marfa Mondays #1: Introduction and Welcome
Today, Monday, January 16, 2012 is the launch of the Marfa Mondays Podcasting Project: Exploring Marfa, Texas and Environs in 24 Podcasts, one podcast per month through 2013. This project is lieu of (though maybe in addition to) writing magazine articles as I proceed with a book project the title of which... well, it's way too early to say much about that. Suffice it to say it will be a travel memoir about West Texas. . . . READ MORE