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Nov 2, 2023Liked by Derrick Jeter

Thank you for an article on 1 of my favourite authors. 🤠

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Beautifully written. I had the pleasure of meeting McMurtry at Booked Up in the 90s. He had recently purchased the entire stock of a closing independent bookstore-in Fort Worth I believe. I found him in the large room just past the small warm room where you paid for your selections. It was a terribly cold day and the large room was poorly heated-if heated at all-and he was standing before a table, pencil in hand, taking out a book at a time which he inspected and priced with the pencil before placing it in a stack on the table. He wore cowboy boots, blue jeans, a nice wool coat and a scarf. I was shocked to see my hero standing before me. I didn’t know what to do or say. I was aware that he wasn’t especially thrilled with the adoration of his readers. Luckily, he paused a second and looked up from the book he was pricing to say, “Hello.” I think I replied, “Hello” and he returned his attention to what was truly important thing in the room--the books. I followed his example and went in search of a treasure to take home. By most people’s standards it wasn’t a very exciting event but for a bibliophile who valued McMurtry’s genius it was perfect-much like your essay.

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