My So-Called Life on the Plains

My So-Called Life on the Plains

Confessions of the Last Picture Show Generation

The Tri-College History Lecture, delivered at North Dakota State University, April 7, 2004, by Tom Isern

Recording, by Skip Wood, courtesy North Dakota Public Radio

CD produced by Kindred House (www.plainsfolk.com/kindred)

"Like the guy who hit the buzzer-beater in the state tournament thirty years ago and has been replaying it ever since in the poolhall, we peaked too soon on the Great Plains of North America." Historian Tom Isern, in a combination of history, memoir, and song, explores the Great Plains in the second half of the 20th century, the Last Picture Show Generation. His message is one of personal grief, community loss, but in the end, hope.

Image: the photo on this page, used also in the packaging of the CD, is of the movie theater (or what's left of it) in Archer City, Texas, boyhood home of Larry McMurtry. The movie house, now a venue for community theater, figures in the lecture.

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