Friday, February 8, 2008
The Spell of New Mexico
I recently discovered the coolest little book to add to my New Mexico collection. The name of it is The Spell of New Mexico. It was published in 1976 by The University of New Mexico Press. It's a collection of essays about the state, and was edited by Tony Hillerman. The essays were primarily written in the 1950s, by such writers as D.H. Lawrence, Conrad Richter, C.G. Jung, Ernie Pyle, and others.
What is striking to me about the book is that although the essays were written 60 years ago, they are as up to date and timeless as though they were written last week. Most of them are just so delightful to read, describing the New Mexico I have known and loved for many years. How wonderful to know that others in the past have felt the same way, and have recorded their thoughts to preserve the spirit of NM for those of us who have follwed. The book is full of wonderful quotes; I am going to post some of them here in the coming days.