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World Waiting for a Dream: A Turn in Far West Texas is a work-in-progress of creative nonfiction about my journeys in the Trans-Pecos, enriched with history and interviews.

As I proceed, I am posting many of the interviews in the "Marfa Mondays" podcast series. For people who live in Far West Texas, my using the town of Marfa as a flag for that wider region may seem a strange choice. I'll have a lot to say about it in the book.

A few other preliminary things I can say are that I'm especially interested in exploring the contrasts and comparisons with the subject of
my previous travel book, Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico (geography, flora and fauna, history); Marfa's (and the Transpecos') iconic status in the American imagination; how the vast spaces and the quality of the light inspire various artists; and the way so many of us, all over the world, are connected on the Internet, and how this fundamentally changes a travel writer's approach to a place, and interaction with the people there.

I imagine that some or perhaps many people who live in Marfa and the region, at some point, may find this webpage via a google search or a hashtag on Twitter [@marfamondays]. So the writer's relative anonymity as he or she travels has evaporated. Similarly, far more of a writer's research, before, during and after travels, will be on-line. With Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, TripAdvisor, YouTube, webpages of all kinds, we are experiencing a hyper-accelerating social transparency—or, the sometimes very misleading appearance of transparency. I find this very interesting.

At this point it is not possible to say more for, if I've learned one thing, it is that any journey, and that includes the journey of writing a book, is strewn with surprises.

Thank you for your interest in my work. I invite you to join my mailing list for occasional updates and also, follow my Marfa Mondays podcasts on Podomatic or iTunes. You'll hear about all these if you subscribe to my blog, Madam Mayo, as well.

Update: I read from the work-in-progress, "A Visit to Swan House" and talked about some of the peculiarities of literary travel writing in the digital age in my lecture for PEN in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Listen to that as a podcast here.

Read the article "A Visit to Swan House"
Read the short essay "Over Burro Mesa"


the swath of Texas that lies west of the Pecos River, a chronicle of my journeys enriched with Also known as the Transpecos, this encompasses El Paso at the farthest west, the southern border with Mexico along the Rio Grande out to Langtry, the Davis Mountains, and the Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park.