When cleaning out books to give to my daughter, Booked to go, I parted with my Tony Hillerman books, except for one I had forgotten about.
It is a tattered and signed 1970 first edition of his first book, The Blessing Way, before he became famous. I bought this book at a Society of Professional Journalists silent auction here years ago.
He'd given this book to a friend and another Oklahoma journalism icon, Carter and Loretta Bradley, and they donated it to the auction.
Reading it again was like reading it for the first time, because it had been so long ago. In it, Joe Leaphorn is a young Navajo cop and Jim Chee hasn't been created yet. Leaphorn aged with Hillerman.
|The back cover, young Hillerman|
***The second book I reread was Art and Fear, Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, by David Bayles and Ted Orland, a musician and a writer
I needed to go back through this heavily marked-up book, mark even more, to get me off my duff and back into watercolor painting. Books like this are food.
I won't give you many excerpts without almost reprinting the entire book.
But one stands out to me as a journalist:
"To the artist, art is a verb."