Paul V. Chaplo on Finding Composition in the Landscape
An interview with photographer Paul V. Chaplo, author of Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country. Recorded at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, October 2014.
|"...on a list of the world's largest super volcanoes, the Chinati caldera is near the top of the list, and when the Chinati erupted about 32 million years ago, the force of the eruption was greater than Vesuvius and greater than Krakatoa. To think that that happened just southwest of Marfa is mindboggling..."|
|15. Gifts of
the Ancient Ones
Greg Williams on the Rock Art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands
Though the Rock Art Foundation's tours and website have been spreading the word, it still seems a well-kept secret that some of the most spectacular rock art in the world is tucked into the nooks and crannies of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of Far West Texas (and into Coahuila, Mexico). I had the great privilege of being able to view some it, specifically, the rock art at Meyers Springs, through the tour offered by the Rock Art Foundation. My interview with Greg Williams, Executive Director of the Rock Art Foundation, was recorded in the Meyers Springs Ranch house kitchen, just after that four hour tour.
|"When I drive out here from San Antonio I love rock and roll. I love old rock and roll music, it's playing all the way. When I hit the Pecos River, I turn the music off and I usually roll the windows down. I don't care how hot it is. I turn the air conditioner off and I usually drive way under the speed limit and then I become at that point it's not about me. At that point I become the smallest thing here and everything out there is bigger than me, everything out there has something to teach me or to show me..."|
Over Burro Mesa / The Kickapoo Ambassadors
A hike over Burro Mesa into Apache Canyon in the Big Bend National Park, plus the reading of a brief translation from the memoir of Maximilian's gardener, Wilhelm Knechtel, about the Kickapoo ambassadors in 1865.
at Mexico in New Ways
An Interview with John Tutino
An interview with John Tutino, Professor of the History of Mexico and the Americas in the History Department and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Professor Tutino is the author of Making a New World: Founding Capitalism in the Bajío and Spanish North America (Duke University Press) and editor of the anthology Mexico and Mexicans in the Making of the United States (University of Texas Press).
|"I got to the point where I said, "The whole basic big picture of where we thought Mexico fit in the world is somewhere between wrong and mythical." And you can't change that by chipping away at the edges and saying, 'look at this little piece.'"|
"This Precious Place"
Interview recorded on February 23, 2013 with Dallas Baxter, founding editor of Cenizo Journal, on the flowering of the arts in the desert, the aftermath of 9/11, living in the Big Bend, and the story of a dynamic and successful print publication in this digital age as she hands it on the new owners.
|"I really love this place out here, and I love the way it looks. I like the way it smells. I like to go outside at night and just look at the sky and feel the wind, and I think it's a really precious place, and I think it's a precious place because of what has come before and because of what's here now."|
Songs by Cowboys
Michael Stevens, Craig Carter, and Doug Figgs singing cowboy songs at the 27th annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Sul Ross State University in Alpine,Texasplus an interview with Michael Stevens.
|"They love the job they do. They love their animals. They appreciate the land. Have you driven around the country and seen cowboy churches? Have you ever seen a farmer church? I never saw anybody sing about their tractor! You know, the sailors sing about their ships, but the cowboys, they love that."|
|10. A Visit
to Swan House
After a brief consideration of literary travel writing in the digital age, C.M. Mayo reads from her article in the winter 2013 issue of Cenizo Journal, "A Visit to Swan House," about the Presidio, Texas teaching house of adobe visionary Simone Swan. Recorded live in the Teatro Angela Perlata, San Miguel de Allende.
|9. Mary Baxter,
Painting the Big Bend
Mary Baxter came to Marfa years ago for the horses and cattle business and stayed to paint the sky-haunted landscapes. Recently returned to Marfa after a decade in (relatively nearby) Marathon, Texas, Mary Baxter talked to C.M. Mayo in her sun-filled studio in October 2012.
|"The main thing is the landscape. There are other artists that certainly turned me on, Maynard Dixon and some of the Taos group. But the animals on the landscape... and you think, what is this human urge that you want to record what you see? It must go back to prehistoric times when people painted on the cave walls the animals that they saw. So I can't explain why we do it. You know, nothing is as good as being there and seeing it, just being in the landscape. But there's this urge to say, 'I'd like to try to translate this. These colors, or these shapes, or these animals, and this moment, and at this place.'"|
|8. A Spell
at Chinati Hot Springs
Elvis. The private art gallery. Lithium. And even better: no email. C.M. Mayo recounts a visit to this remote Chihuahuan Desert oasis in May of 2012.
|7. We Have
Seen the Lights
C.M. Mayo recounts her own experiences with the eerie and as yet unexplained phenomenon of the Marfa Lights; discusses some of the literature and recent research; and interviews others in and around Marfa.
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 Moonlight Gemstones, learn about the beautiful agates, wondrous thundereggs, and more.
McAlister with the Buzz on the Bees
An interview with Cynthia McAlister about the bees of West Texas, both imported and native to the northern Chihuahuan Desert. McAlister holds a masters degree in biology from Sul Ross University and is the author of several articles on bees, among them,"Our Native West Texas Bees," which appeared in the winter 2012 issue of Cenizo Journal.
|4. Avram Dumitrescu,
An Artist in Alpine
An interview with Avram Dumitrescu, an artist and illustrator 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.
|3. Mary Bones
on the Lost Art Colony
An in interview with Mary Bones, curator of "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. Leading members included Xavier González, Julius Woeltz, Anna Keener, and Mabel Vandiver.
Angell in the Big Bend
An interview with Charles Angell, owner of Angell Expeditions, on the Big Bend: how he got here, the rivers, the birds, geology, archaeology, rock art, movies, and much more. Recorded at the Hoodoos in Big Bend Ranch State Park and at Fort Leaton, just outside Presidio, Texas.
|1. C.M. Mayo's
Introduction and Welcome
Your host, travel writer and novelist C.M. Mayo, introduces the Marfa Mondays Project, this series of 24 podcasts to be posted in 2012-2013, apropos of her book-in-progress, World Waiting for a Dream: A Turn in Far West Texas.