Good Writing Friday

22 October, 2011

books, Creative Content, writing

I missed posting a good writing clip yesterday, so I’m playing catch-up.

This is from Bryan Burrough’s book, The Big Rich which was a fantastic read. A few passages from the book stick in my mind for their sheer brilliance as stories:

from the Introduction:

The myths about Texas die so hard, mostly because Texans love them so. So much of it is wrapped up in oil. Non-Texans probably think it’s all-pervasive; it’s not. The fact is, growing up in Central Texas during the 1970s, I never met an actual oilman. There were a few pump jacks out in the fields around our little town, but we never gave a thought to who owned them. It wasn’t until I was sixteen, the weekend I served as an escort at Waco’s Cotton Palace debutante ball, that I was introduced to the class of Texans known as the Big Rich: boys from Highland Park and River Oaks in white dinner jackets and gleaming hair, willowy Hockaday girls with enormous eyes and glistening jewels. Ogling them from within my rumpled rented tux, they seemed like royalty.

from Chapter One:

There is a legend in America, about Texas, about the fabulously wealthy oilmen there who turned gushers of sweet black crude into raw political power, who cruised their personal jets over ranches measured in Rhode Islands, who sipped bourbon-and-branch on their private islands as they plotted and schemed to corner entire international markets. In popular culture the Texas oilman tends to come in two guises, the overbearing, dim-witted high roller with a blonde on either arm, and his evil twin, the oilman of Oliver Stone and Mother Jones, the black-Stetsoned villain whose millions pull the levers of power in Washington. He can be young and conflicted and obscenely rich, as in James Dean’s portrayal of the wildcatter Jett Rink in Giant, or smooth and conniving and obscenely rich, like J.R. Ewing of television’s Dallas, but he is almost always crass and loud and a tad mysterious, a classic American other.

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