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FIRED ON: Targeting Western American Art by Toby Thompson


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The third in a trilogy of collected pieces of reportorial nonfiction, personal essays, and profiles from Toby Thompson, Fired On joins Thompson’s Riding the Rough String and Metroliner in charting one of the most respected careers in American letters. For more than forty years, Thompson has been preoccupied with western art and those who create it. From early works by Carl Bodmer and Paul Kane to modern masters like Russell Chatham and T. C. Cannon, in Fired On Thompson considers three centuries’ worth of art in the West. In the process, he paints a larger portrait of the place and its inhabitants. This anthology includes pieces previously published as well as essays written specifically for the collection.


Toby Thompson is the author of five previous books, including Positively Main Street: Bob Dylan’s MinnesotaRiding the Rough String: Reflections on the American West, and Metroliner: Passages, Washington to New York. He has written for publications as diverse as Vanity FairEsquireRolling StoneMen’s JournalPlay­boyOutsideGray’s Sporting JournalWestern Art & ArchitectureBig Sky Journal, and The New York Times. He teaches in the Creative Writing program at Penn State, and lives in Cabin John, Maryland, and Livingston, Montana.


Dimensions: 6 x 9 Paperback