Sam Shepard

Books Here And There acknowledges the passing of playwright and actor Sam Shepard, who has died of ALS at the age of seventy-three.

Of his many plays exploring love, marriage, work, and the meaning of being a man in the world, “True West”, essentially a two-character drama about estranged brothers trying to write a script, is, I believe, the most approachable of Shepherd’s works.  He was also known for portraying test pilot Chuck Yeager in the film version of Tom Wolfe’s book, The Right StuffYeager is still alive.

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