The Next Rodeo

William Kittredge © 2007, Graywolf Press 2007 trade paper, non-fiction, essays, biographical, semi-biographical

After hearing Kittredge interviewed on Public Radio, I wanted to read his essays, and this was the collection that was mentioned in that interview. The essays range from Kittredge’s youth on a large agricultural ranch in eastern Oregon to his thoughts on the politics of poverty, wide-ranging in their topic and spare but evocative in their language.

The changes in culture, society and personal understanding of the world are beautifully delineated. I read just an essay or two per week, and it took me a while to make my way through the sometimes dense, sometimes lighthearted pieces. Fine work, well worth reading.

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Enjoying life in Portland, OR
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5 Responses to The Next Rodeo

  1. Ron Scheer says:

    I have liked Kittredge’s short stories and his memoir HOLE IN THE SKY. He also did a nice job as editor of the Viking Portable Western Reader. I’ve been disappointed only once, in a novel whose name I’ve forgotten. I think short fiction and nonfiction are probably his long suits.

  2. Richard says:

    Ron, there is some overlap between this collection and Hole in the Sky. I really enjoyed this book.

  3. I’m reading a collection of essays now myself, but all science based. I should read outside of that more but I have lots of science books lined up i want to get to. I’ll keep this on a want list.

  4. Richard says:

    Charles, this is one I think you’ll enjoy.

  5. This sounds like my kind of book. I’m ordering it now!

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