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This book is dedicated to my public school teachers, especially Pansy Baker, who taught me to read, and Lucille Kercheville Day, who taught me to think.
Meanwhile, as the cities boom and the state changes, a great period is being wasted. Fiction in particular thrives on transitions, on the destruction of one lifestyle by another. Houston and Dallas have sucked in thousands of Rubempres, but where are the books about them? These cities are dripping experience, but instead of sopping up the dripping and converting them into literature our writers mainly seem to be devoting themselves to an ever more self-conscious countrification.