Chris La Tray
If you ain’t read Jim Thompson, you ain’t read shit.

If you ain’t read Jim Thompson, you ain’t read shit.

"As I approached the bank, I thought to step out onto some flat rocks so that I could be farther out into the water for a better photographic vantage point. I took a step, heard a splashing at my feet, and lo and behold —"

It’s snake vs. fish on Rattlesnake Creek tonight. The snake won.  #hiking #lawofclubandfang #wildlife #montana #getoutside #snakes (at Rattlesnake National Recreation Area)

It’s snake vs. fish on Rattlesnake Creek tonight. The snake won. #hiking #lawofclubandfang #wildlife #montana #getoutside #snakes (at Rattlesnake National Recreation Area)

It’s all about those you meet along the trail….  #trailbuddy #hiking #montana #getoutside (at Rattlesnake National Recreation Area)

It’s all about those you meet along the trail…. #trailbuddy #hiking #montana #getoutside (at Rattlesnake National Recreation Area)

Last night I went to @shakespeare_andco and saw one of my absolute favorite writers, Pete Fromm, read from his new novel, IF NOT FOR THIS. I can’t recommend his work enough. If you are someone who loves the outdoors, roughing it up in a cabin, etc. then you need to do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of his book INDIAN CREEK CHRONICLES. It’s a desert island book for me.  

Nice to see him rocking the @strongwatermtnsurfco t-shirt too. Fromm seems a good dude. It was a good time.

#petefromm #fuckinfromm #books #missoula #reading (at Shakespeare & Co.)

Last night I went to @shakespeare_andco and saw one of my absolute favorite writers, Pete Fromm, read from his new novel, IF NOT FOR THIS. I can’t recommend his work enough. If you are someone who loves the outdoors, roughing it up in a cabin, etc. then you need to do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of his book INDIAN CREEK CHRONICLES. It’s a desert island book for me.

Nice to see him rocking the @strongwatermtnsurfco t-shirt too. Fromm seems a good dude. It was a good time.

#petefromm #fuckinfromm #books #missoula #reading (at Shakespeare & Co.)

The very word street has a rough, dirty magic to it, summoning up the low, the common, the erotic, the dangerous, the revolutionary. A man of the streets is only a populist, but a woman of the streets is, like a streetwalker, a seller of her sexuality. Street kids are urchins, beggars, and runaways, and the new term street person describes those who have no other home. Street-smart means someone wise in the ways of the city and well able to survive in it, while “to the streets” is the classic cry of urban revolution, for the streets are where people become the public and where their power resides. The street means life in the heady currents of the urban river in which everyone and everything can mingle. It is exactly this social mobility, this lack of compartments and distinctions, that gives the street its danger and its magic, the danger and magic of water in which everything runs together.
Rebecca Solnit, “Wanderlust.” (via photographsonthebrain)

This is my take on a meme a couple friends brought to my attention.

When Sam Cooke played Dylan for the young Bobby Womack, Womack said he didn’t understand it. Cooke explained that from now on, it’s not going to be about how pretty the voice is. It’s going to be about believing that the voice is telling the truth.

The Rolling Stone on Bob Dylan’s voice (via cheap-pine)

Great quote. Sadly, it seems that notion has come full circle, at least as it relates to popular music. There are still some voices out there telling it like it is, but they are all but drowned out by a sea of vacuous fluff.

They told us to not go to Mexico. Too dangerous: drugs, machine guns and black-masked kidnappers. But it was January, the dead of Montana winter, and we unbolted the back seat of the station wagon and transformed it into a camper, a mattress in back, curtains over the windows, surfboards on the roof.

This is from a new piece at NYTimes.com by my friend Mark Sundeen called “Ignoring the Warnings for a Honeymoon in Mexico.”

Mark is a great writer (I highly recommend his book about Daniel Suelo from a couple years ago called The Man Who Quit Money). Calling him “friend” may be a stretch. I mean, we’ve never gotten drunk together, but we know each other well enough to converse when we pass on the street, stuff like that. He’s a guy I’d like to know better, but we’re still young enough to find ourselves in the same spot long enough to hang out sometime. It’ll happen. He’s a good guy, and worth reading whenever you see his name.

rawsonjustwontshutup:

I’ve officially been unemployed for eight days now (Nope, I’m not counting the weekends.), and I’m not going to lie to you, I kind of love it. I’m more or less keeping the same schedule as if I was working, but instead of jumping up and running out the door, I wake up at 5 AM, grab a cup of…

Some good thoughts by my friend Keith Rawson about art and work and what is and isn’t meaningful.

The Cheyenne had a saying, and the Lakota, too: ‘When your life is tepid and you’re bored just follow your dog and act like your dog all day.’ That’s been known to perk you up.
One of my favorite authors, Jim Harrison, from this excellent interview in Michigan’s MyNorth magazine. Follow the link to see the man’s portrait, if nothing else… .
Come to think, here’s a useful piece of blanket advice for writers: Cultivate friendships with interesting people. So you can steal their stories.
Benjamin Whitmer, from an interview with Keith Rawson, which you can check out HERE. Whitmer, whose first novel Pike is a must read for fans of damaged, hard-edged, brass knuckle characters, also wrote (with Charlie Louvin) Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers, a must read for fans of real country music. Finally, his latest, Cry Father, is another must read, IMO, for readers of a certain unflinching type.
More of the cairn garden on the western bank of the North Fork of the Flathead, right on the US/Canada border.  #hiking #cairn #canada #theborder #thenorth #getoutside

More of the cairn garden on the western bank of the North Fork of the Flathead, right on the US/Canada border. #hiking #cairn #canada #theborder #thenorth #getoutside

Cairn garden on the western bank of the North Fork of the Flathead, right on the US/Canada border.  #hiking #cairn #canada #theborder #thenorth #getoutside

Cairn garden on the western bank of the North Fork of the Flathead, right on the US/Canada border. #hiking #cairn #canada #theborder #thenorth #getoutside

barry-graham:

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I’m trying to think of something to say about my friend Chuck Bowden—in my opinion the greatest U.S. nonfiction writer of his generation—who died in his sleep yesterday afternoon.

I’ve already said some of it to The Arizona Republic and to my friend Michael Kiefer, whose articles can…

My friend Barry Graham has these words on the passing of one of our best writers.