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About this Project + About C.M. Mayo + About Marfa & Far West Texas + About the Book
Ever since I first heard about Marfa and the remote mountain ranges of far West Texas, I yearned to go there. About a decade ago, on a brief visit, I drank in the majesty of the vast spaces, the bluer than blue skies, and at night, stars beyond stars, andyes, they're realthe Marfa Lights. But the people? Breezing through, I didn't have a chance to talk to many, for I was deep into writing another book, Miraculous Air, about Baja California, Mexico's nearly 1,000 mile long peninsula. Once that wrapped up, I wanted to come back to explore but first, what I imagined would be a lickety-split project: researching and writing a novel based on the strange but true story of, as the title says, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire. It seems a pattern with me, that writing a book always takes about seven times longer than I had planned, but never mind, finally, I am returning. No, not to live: I'm based in Mexico City, but over the next few years, in a series of journeys, I'll be writing a book about Marfa and the Big Bend.

The title? At this early stage I'm calling it World Waiting for a Dream: A Turn in Far West Texas.

UPDATE: Listen to my January 2013 reading from the book-in-progress for PEN San Miguel in San Miguel de Allende, "A Visit to Swan House."
Read "A Visit to Swan House"
Read "Over Burro Mesa"
In the past, as I did while writing Miraculous Air, I would have turned out a series of travel articles for newspapers and magazines. I may still write an article or three, but I am less interested in which is the cheapest / best / coollest bed-and-breakfast & etc., than I am in talking to people and, now that podcasting is possible, rather than stash my notes and taped interviews in the drawer, I can share them widely.

Who are some of the people who live in this remote and beautiful place? How is this part of West Texas unique, or similar to other places? How are things changing? What is it that outsiders inevitably miss? (What are those Marfa Lights?) As in my travels in Baja California, I'm especially interested in hearing from artists, for they make a razor-sharp habit of seeing what others do not. But anyone can surprise, I learned that much in writing Miraculous Air, when I interviewed, among so many others, a surf star; a sportfishing mogul whose family crest included a corn stalk; and a goat herder who, even from the deepest canyons, could identify the flight numbers of the airplanes that passed overhead. As I question as wide a variety of people as I can muster, I will depart from a simple premise: an interview
like a travel memoiris a quest for understanding, not just about a certain place and time, but in the deepest sense of what it means to be human. With this series of 24 podcasts, I invite you to join me in this adventure in listening.

Lonn Taylor, "The Rambling Boy," reports on the Marfa Mondays Podcasting Project.

Rock art expert and historical novelist Mary S. Black interviews C.M. Mayo about travel writing and "Marfa Mondays"

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