How to tell a story

How to tell a story

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The high lonesome

One of the better compliments I ever received about my work came from a poet many years ago. He said my 1973 short story "The Idaho Jacket," later selected to the Roll of Honor in Best American Short Stories 1974, was the best thing he'd ever read about Northwest male/logger mythology. Better than Kesey even. Quite a compliment!

 There's some cowboy mythology in the refuge takeover, although it's tainted with Mormon extremism. There are similarities between logger and cowboy mythologies but the Northwest has more edgy roots, more about landscape and hard living, less about God and church.

 You can read "The Idaho Jacket" in the sample below.