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Volume 31 | Issue 2 | 2017
From "The New Old West of Clay Reynolds" (p. 48)
by Alexander Blackburn
As we shall see, Reynolds’s characters are convincing because his strategy is to take care of our doubts. It’s a strategy used by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet: the presence of a foul- mouthed and cynical Mercutio and Nurse persuade us that the incandescent love of teenagers is, after all, real. Reynolds, by introducing heroes as antiheroes, approaches flawed characters with heart. The Old West stereotype, so solid, separate, and alone, suddenly becomes capable of self-sacrifice, love, and redemptive acts. The antihero usually doesn’t like to admit to his humanity if it results in establishment of a town, but in a world of violence he moves in a sort of recognizable glory.
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Begun by novelist and short-story writer Dr. Terry Dalrymple in 1987, Concho River Review is a biannual literary journal published by the Department of English and Modern Languages at Angelo State University. Since its inception, CRR has prided itself on publishing some of the finest short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from both emerging and established authors. Although originally designed as a forum for Texas writers, over the years its reach and interests have extended well beyond Texas and the Southwest.