New Mexico, by Sam Shepard, photos by Ed Ruscha (Lawless Media 2020)

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This limited edition book brings together a selection of writing related to New Mexico by the late Sam Shepard, drawn from various novels, short stories and memoir; and atmospheric photos of gas stations in New Mexico taken in the early 1960s. It's a fitting tribute to the restless Shepard, who lived in Santa Fe in the 1980s and from 2010-15. The writing is powerful, searching and masculine, and has sent me on a quest to acquire the books excerpted here, and the photographs add a nostalgic sense of place.