Western Novella

That’s what the contract says. I sold a surreal western novella to PS Publishing. Now all I have to do is write it. (Note: this is not how I normally do things; I usually crawl along, stapling words together, getting tangled, untangling, and on and on, until I reach the end, and rewrite and revise, and on and on. Then I look for a publisher.)

Langford Painting

Jon Langford painting from exhibit at the Garde Rail Gallery, 2007

I grew up in Texas, I watched a lot of westerns on TV, I read a lot of westerns, I roped cows, fought bandits, rescued children from mountain lions, etc. I’ve been wanting to write a western for a long time, thinking about bits here and there, settings, characters. But what brought the elements and the idea to the front was getting Jon Langford’s Nashville Radio. It’s a book of his artwork, along with his writings about his life, music, what inspires him in creating art. The book also includes a CD of his songs, acoustic re-recordings from solo work, Waco Brothers, and Mekons.

From the publisher’s website:

Langford’s “song-paintings” fuse publicity-shot portraiture with imagery derived from folk art, Dutch still life, classic Western wear, and the cold, cold war—all instilled with sharp, sardonic wit and a Constructivist sense of the power of language. He applies his completely distinctive style to the depiction of American music giants such as Bob Wills, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash, and also to more ghostly, marginalized figures—blindfolded cowboys, astronauts, and dancers—jerked around by the forces of success and exploitation, fame and neglect.

Nashville Radio book coverThe book is available direct from the publisher, Verse/Chorus Press, or from Bloodshot Records, or the usual internet book sellers.

I’ll be using the artwork in the book as a source of inspiration. Once I’ve made some progress I’ll post some writing here.

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6 Responses to Western Novella

  1. Dale Barnard says:

    Awesome! Way to take a risk and do something different.

  2. rebecca says:

    You’re on, Wexler. Let’s write new fun stuff this year.

  3. Confetti, Robert–look forward to the range!

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