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Name El Address al Is lit a NI City TO-2 licalummemesuc ussumenisiummoushiummunimmulumusummomsammismol State ZIP what Updyke is trying to say, but Steinbeck says well what Updyke says so badly. I no longer read Steinbeck but I remember. So when I dutifully read the modern novelists praised by Time, I go to Faulkner, and then for proof that Faulkner said all there is to say about the things that concern me, I go back to Conrad and to hell with Updykesee how worked up I get over it. I GO BACK TO FAULKNER and to Conrad the way I go back to The Mustangs, when I want corroboration of the true meaning of freedom. I tell you it is a book I have to live with. So in 1953, when I moved into this tin building, there were these twelve-feet high walls on each 14 The Texas Observer Dr. Louis E. Buck Veterinarian House Call Practice GR 2-5879 House Call Fee No More Than Office Call Fee side and the white ceiling, and the walls are of sheetrock over two-inch boards, and I prevailed upon my brother-in-law, Tom K. Simms, to paint me a mural about Dobie’s mustangs, which he has always liked to paint and to sculpt. I told Tom I wanted him to illustrate Dobie’s mustangs in the mural, but he wouldn’t read the book, but he did look at the drawings, which were all right, but not half as good as the murals on the walls of the Kountze News. Tom wouldn’t read the book, and for weeks I told him about it and read portions of it to him, but I doubt if he listened, for Tom knows about horses of all kinds. He has spent much of his life drawing horses and the rest drawing pictures of Jesus and he never gets the two mixed, but before he began painting the mural he seemed to get the feeling of freedom that Dobie taught so unobtrusively in the book. Tom Simms painted the murals, four and a half feet high and 50 feet long, and it took him three months. That mural may be the most important single thing in Kountze, and Tom Simms may be the most important man, so don’t put too much emphasis on that wild look he has, and the wild way his hair waves, but you had better believe those hell-fire sermons he preaches. I have never met Frank Dobie, but Bertha Dobie, his wife, was here one day last year, and she saw the murals, but I had a feeling that she was not too much impressed, but I know what I know : That if I can spot greatness in Mozart, in Faulkner, in Dobie, in Conrad, surely I can know when I see it on a wall. Now what do you say, Bertha Dobie. Anyway, I have Dobie’s mustangs under my eyes all the time. I cannot tell you how much they have meant to me, not because they are just paintings, but because they are connected with the mustangs, but I know they stand alone without the Dobie connection by the way children look at them. They have been on the wall for eleven years, and I consider they are there for my edification. I’ll admit that at first, I thought that I had it here for the enjoyment of the public. I figured it would be an asset to the shop and I wanted all to see the murals. Finally, I became aware that other painters and children only, would raise their eyes to the mural. Children know what it’s about. It is the first thing they see when they come into the shop, and they don’t want to leave until they have seen it all. Children are always concerned with freedom and they recognize what’s in the mustangs’ manes, eyes, nostrils, feet, hooves, tails, and marvelous muscles; they know what it has to do with. Some adults don’t care about the true freedom which they have shaped into something else that passes for freedom; you hear it in the big talk of bosses and also in the big talk of union bosses, and you hear it from the Birchers, too. Some of these people have been forced to adopt current prejudices , that pass for freedom. But the children know. After a while you get used to a mural and for days it’s just there; then all of a sudden you look at it, and Dobie’s mustangs come back. THE REASON Dobie is the subject of this column today is that the current issue of the Texas Observer, published at Austin, is devoted solely to Dobie. The articles are by many noted writersWalter Prescott Webb and Mody Boatwright, Roy Bedichek, now dead, Lon Tinkle; also articles by critics and editors and one I analyzed carefully only because it was
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