‘You Wouldn’t Think the Ashes of a Man Would Be So Heavy’: Remembering Sam Shepard

There is a link to read The New Yorker story. Please do. It is excellent. I always admired this man’s writing and enjoyed his acting.

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Broadway World reports today that Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer-winning playwright Sam Shepard has died at 73 of complications from ALS, AKA Lou Gherig’s disease.

In recent years, Shepard was best known as an actor, in the last few years appearing as the Rayburn family patriarch in the Netflix drama Bloodline. But he was a prolific, ground-breaking playwright, and a key player in the Off-Broadway movement of the ’60s and ’70s. According to The New York Times, Shepard won a Pulitzer in 1979 for The Curse of the Starving Class, and received nominations for two others, True West, and Fool for Love.

His work examined toxic masculinity at a time when that was rare. The son of an alcoholic farmer, he explored male aggression as it is often passed down from fathers to sons. In 2010, critic John Lahr touched on this in a profile…

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About Henrietta Handy

I have returned home to the mountains. No more am I "a mountain-girl far from home." Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 2 1/2, I understand pain, fatigue, laughter, joy, and love all while on crutches and in wheelchairs. This blog is just about me, mostly the writing side, but there are forays into so many different topics. I am married to a wonderful husband who puts up with my writing, knitting, yarn, with the love of a saint. We have fur babies, and one cat who rules us all.
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1 Response to ‘You Wouldn’t Think the Ashes of a Man Would Be So Heavy’: Remembering Sam Shepard

  1. Rebecca L. Proudfoot says:

    I enjoyed the New Yorker article. He was a son of Kentucy. So many men came home with PTSD after WWii before we had a name for it. Even with a name it dominates families, generation after generation.

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