By Jay Dunston Milner
Maddog Inc. was once a unfastened confederation of Texas writers and "picker poets," as Jay Milner calls them, whose heydey lasted from the past due Fifties to in regards to the mid-'70s. This self-conscious gaggle of merrymakers (the staff even had an reliable Maddog club card) often obtained jointly to occasion during the nights and days. The merry pranksters he fell in with integrated the likes of Billy Lee Brammer, Bud Shrake, Gary Cartwright, Dan Jenkins, Larry L. King, Pete Gent and (to an quantity, although simply peripherally, it sounds as if) Larry McMurtry. The singers and songwriters have been Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, man Clark, Billy Joe Shaver and others. I hugely suggest Confessions of a Maddog, particularly for these reminiscent of myself who're a section more youthful than the author's iteration of Texas writers yet have heard inform in their mythical exploits. The Dallas Morning information, Tom Pilkington, January three, 1999. within the 1960's and '70s, a few Texas writers all started rising as major comers at the literary panorama. They have been, for the main half, a rambunctious and proficient lot who labored tough and performed tougher, and prior to they bought too previous to socialise until eventually sunrise--among them, Larry L. King, Dan Jenkins, Bud Shrake, Gary Cartwright and Billie Lee Brammer--they left an indelible imprint at the global of letters in Texas and past. They and a few in their acquaintances known as themselves Maddog Inc.--a label that, given the tradition of the days, appeared solely becoming to their unequivocal forget for restraint. castle worthy resident, Jay Milner, a local of West Texas, was once considered one of the Maddogs. A former reporter and author for the esteemed ny bring in Tribune, he released a well-regarded novel, Incident at Ashton, sooner than returning to Texas in 1961 to educate journalism, together with responsibility at TCU and SMU. In Milner's new booklet, Confessions of a Maddog, released by means of the college of North Texas Press, Milner recounts the lives, loves and losses of his strong associates and fellow writers. From Editor's notice previous 4 web page excerpt within the castle worthy Star-Telegram, November 15, 1998. A author is anyone who places his options into phrases. Jay Milner has a means of placing everyone's innovations into phrases. He is familiar with the place he's, consequently, he's in a position to place every little thing round him in terms of himself, which seems a great spot. His perception into the psychological stumblings of an entertainer are uncanny. perhaps the reason is, he's additionally an entertainer. In different phrases and nevertheless and in addition to all of it, out of a potential ten, Jay Milner is a twelve.--Willie Nelson "When I first met Jay Milner, dinosaurs and the one-and-only unique Hank Williams have been many years lifeless; John F. Kennedy and William Faulkner only in the near past so. Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, Jackie Gleason, purple Foley, Chet Huntley and a rowdy bunch of hard-drinking, pot-smoking, lady-chasing Texas writers--many of whom make appearances during this book--were alive and semi-well. So have been our dreams--collectively and individually--of quickly operating Norman Mailer out of city, embarrassing Kurt Vonnegut into retirement and decreasing Saul Bellow to full-time tuition educating. It did not precisely ensue that means, yet my-oh-my did not we now have a great time trying?" Larry L. King.
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Grace was said at the table and the Bible was the only book in the house. All the family's major historical events were recorded there. And if someone needed a bed for a night, or a month, they came to Grandma Sanders's house. But after my mother's marriage to John Milner, her life was alteredrather drasticallyforever. "John's family talked terrible," she told me many years after the fact. "I had never heard anybody talk like that before in my life. One day John and Jim (Daddy's twin brother) went to town and it was al- Page 34 most dark when Jim came home by hisself, and I asked him where John was, and he said he'd stopped at that old barn to take a crap.
Cartwright's induction speeches included the observations of Greg Curtis, editor of Texas Monthly magazine, where Cartwright was a senior editor. Blackie Sherrod told a sampling of wild tales about all three. Sherrod pointed out that his former employees, Shrake, Cartwright and Jenkins, had gotten started as sportswriters but had gone on to cover loftier subjects, such as dope smuggling, chicken-fried steak and mass murder. Although he had been dead almost a decade, Billie Lee Brammer was mentioned several times that afternoon.
As a journalist, primarily, I was attracted to this group of merry pranksters who aspired to literary eminence as a story. A darn good story, as a matter of fact. Almost as good, on another level, as the story I had found myself covering in Mississippi in the 1950s. In those days, I could never walk away from a good story. From Mississippi in the aftermath of the 1954 Supreme Court decision outlawing racially segregated public schools, I went to New York City where, among other things, I covered the beginnings of an American folk music uprising.