The ride to the tiny village in Mexico where he’s due to film has not been easy. The actor has to first put up with Gunther, a maniac German driver in a tuxedo, the Narcos who insist on excavating the contents of their car, the customs official in Mexico who sends him back across the border, and an embittered woman in the Mexican consulate for whom he must play Spencer Tracy.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winner, “the greatest playwright of our generation,” director, prose-stylist, musician, and actor Sam Shepard—”Spencer Tracy Is not Dead,” selected from Cruising Paradise, is a gleaming testament to Shepard’s mastery and a tender portrait of American masculinity on the road.
SAM SHEPARD was the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than fifty-five plays and three story collections. As an actor, he appeared in more than sixty films, and received an Oscar nomination in 1984 for The Right Stuff. He was a finalist for the… More about Sam Shepard
“One of the most perceptive, intelligent and fearless writers of fiction in America today.” —NPR
“Forged from the world with a sharp eye and a careful ear, serving no agenda but literature’s primary and oft-forgotten one: the delight of the reader.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Gutsy, brilliantly imagined, strongly made, fresh and propulsive.” —Chicago Tribune
“In just a few pages, Jim Shepard’s short stories do the work of entire novels. . . . Short story writers almost never get described as ambitious . . . and yet there’s no better word for Jim Shepard, who thinks big and writes short, without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America.” —The Daily Beast