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Western Lit: The Archetype of a Hero's Journey Into the West Is Made Fresh Again in 'Into the Savage Country'

Western Lit: The Archetype of a Hero's Journey Into the West Is Made Fresh Again in 'Into the Savage Country'

Friday, June 26, 2015  |  Jenny Shank

The classic Western frontier story is an archetype of the hero’s journey: A young man, off to seek his fortune in the West, enters the wilderness to prove himself—and emerges both stronger and wiser.

Into the Savage Country follows this pattern, but charismatic characters, good humor, lively language ...

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An Understanding of Form: Local Artist Ruth Gonzales Creates Abstracts Born From Figure

An Understanding of Form: Local Artist Ruth Gonzales Creates Abstracts Born From Figure

Friday, June 26, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

An imposing, highly polished, ebony concert grand piano confronts all visitors to Ruth Gonzales’ workshop. Consuming a third of the available space, the piano would make more sense in a music conservatory than an abstract painter’s studio space.

However, a quick look at the remaining space shouts: An ...

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Relishing in a Revue: Desert Rose Soothes the Summer With a Nourishing Dose of 'Vitamin Q'

Relishing in a Revue: Desert Rose Soothes the Summer With a Nourishing Dose of 'Vitamin Q'

Monday, June 22, 2015  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

You might think a critic’s worst nightmare is seeing a show in which there is absolutely nothing to criticize. You’d be wrong.

Here I am, smiling, while writing to tell you about a musical revue you’ll love, because Vitamin Q at the Desert Rose Playhouse is a total joy.

It’s perfect summer fare, because...

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Western Lit: 'Crazy Horse's Girlfriend' Is a Debut Novel That Exhilarates and Terrifies

Western Lit: 'Crazy Horse's Girlfriend' Is a Debut Novel That Exhilarates and Terrifies

Friday, June 19, 2015  |  Annie Dawid

“Unless you’re into meth or having sex with people you’re related to, you’ll find shit’s pretty boring here” in Idaho Springs, says 16-year-old Margaritte, matter-of-factly, as she introduces a boy to the downtrodden Rocky Mountain town just west of Denver.

Margaritte is the protagonist of Crazy Horse...

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Western Lit: A Chat With Paolo Bacigalupi About Climate Fiction, the Power of Water and His New Novel

Western Lit: A Chat With Paolo Bacigalupi About Climate Fiction, the Power of Water and His New Novel

Monday, June 15, 2015  |  Brian Calvert

Paolo Bacigalupi grew up in Paonia, Colo., where he was on staff at High Country News . He has won the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards for his writing, and was HCN’s first online editor.

His new book, The Water Knife , grew from a short story he wrote for HCN , “ The Tamarisk Hunter .” In his latest novel...

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Western Lit: 'The High Divide' Tells the Story of a Broken but Loving Family in the Late 19th-Century West

Western Lit: 'The High Divide' Tells the Story of a Broken but Loving Family in the Late 19th-Century West

Tuesday, June 09, 2015  |  Jenny Shank

As The High Divide opens in 1886, Gretta Pope’s husband, Ulysses, a U.S. Army veteran, has been missing for six weeks. She’s left with two sons to raise, past-due rent, and no idea about where he might have gone—or when he’ll be back.

An odious landlord begins to circle Gretta, demanding payment in mor...

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