David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines

Paul Kirchner on Larry McMurtry

A while back I was on Amazon looking for a book by Paul Kirchner, who illustrated many of the books by the late Col. Jeff Cooper and who has written some fine works on his own. More on Kirchner's own work anon, but while poking around Amazon I found that Kirchner had written an Amazon review or two. Naturally, I checked his stuff out. One of his reviews was for Larry McMurtry's LONESOME DOVE. It included his meditation on what he felt McMurtry's themes were ("near as I could analyze it"), and I was so struck by the things he listed that I emailed them to myself.

Here is Paul Kirchner's interpretation of the themes of McMurtry:

1. Some people are competent, some can at least follow orders, some aren't much use at all and some positively need to be shot.

2. When you think you're on a mission you're usually just wandering around aimlessly.

3. Life may be by turns tedious, absurd, or cruel, but try to look at it as a learning experience.

4. Two ways to waste your life are looking for love where there is none and failing to recognize it when it is right in front of you.

5. Skill and determination count for something, but Fate wins every time.

I don't know about their applicability to McMurtry, but they seem pretty applicable to life to me.
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