The Border Collie Chronicles

Observations from (arguably) the World's Smartest Dogs;
(but, without question, the bestest friends!)
or, Life As We Understand It, as told from dad's shop.

Posted May 22, 2019

If Your Clothes Could Talk …

A Pictorial, vol. 1 of ??


"Texasville” (one of dad’s favorite books from his favorite author) by Larry McMurtry was a sequel to “The Last Picture Show”, picking up with the same characters, in the 1980s, after the Texas oil boom had gone bust.  Where Picture Show focused on Sonny, the sequel centers on Duane.  Fending off creditors, dealing badly with middle age, and drinking too much, he reconnects with Jacy when she returns to town.  But there's not a lot of plot; rather, this is a meditation on the disappointments that life can hand out.


The summer of 1984: 32 years after Duane captained the high school football team and Jacy was homecoming queen, the small town of Anarene, Texas prepares for its centennial celebration.  Oil prices are down, banks are failing, and Duane is $12 million in debt.  His wife Karla drinks too much, his children are always in trouble, and he is sleeping around with the wives of his friends.  Jacy's back in town, after a mildly successful acting career, life in Italy, and the death of her son.  People assume Duane and Jacy will resume their high school romance.  And Sonny is "tired in his mind," causing worries for his safety.  Can these friends find equilibrium in middle age?

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OK – if you haven’t read the book (and its prequel and sequel (Duane’s Depressed) – or at least watched the movies – I recommend reading the books before watching the movies) – the tie in to this article is that Karla, Duane’s wife, is noted for wearing T-shirts with sayings that convey her moods.  These are not the shirts that Karla was wearing, just some we found on Amazon that we thought were funny, or thought provoking!




Duane (to Karla):  It must be ten years since I've seen you wear anything I didn't have to read.


We DO recommend the books and films!

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