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
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.
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
(geography, flora and fauna, history); Marfa's (and the Trans-Pecos')
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
transparencyor, 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
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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
Read the article "A
Visit to Swan House"
Read the short essay "Over