The Woman at Otowi Crossing

The story is quintessential Waters: a parable for the potentially destructive materialism of the mid-twentieth century.

Author: Frank Waters

Publisher: Swallow Press

ISBN: UOM:39015012957992

Category: Fiction

Page: 314

View: 819


The story is quintessential Waters: a parable for the potentially destructive materialism of the mid-twentieth century. The antidote is Helen Chalmers's ability to understand a deeper truth of her being; beyond the Western notion of selfhood, beyond the sense of a personality distinct from the rest, she experiences a new and wider awareness.

The Pot Thief Who Studied the Woman at Otowi Crossing

played with them while I sautéed the chopped onions and calabacitas, added some garlic and cumin, and then stuffed the mixture into the poblanos. ... She was the woman at Otowi Crossing.” “Does otowi have a meaning or is it just a name?

Author: J. Michael Orenduff

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504067164

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 561


A New Mexico pottery dealer cracks a perplexing mystery in this “winning blend of humor and character development” (Publishers Weekly). Hubert Schuze is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and he has a fairly lucrative side gig digging up ancient relics and selling them. He also seems to have a talent for finding killers. When Hubie discovers a body outside his pottery shop, it appears the victim was stabbed in the back with something resembling a screwdriver. But the story gets a lot more mysterious when a video turns up showing the man collapsing with no one else nearby. Furthermore, a slip of paper is found in his pocket, with Hubie’s name and address on it, suggesting there may be a connection between the two men—though Hubie has no idea what it could be. Now, the professor and pottery expert must put his sleuthing skills to work—while simultaneously managing his new role running the university’s art department—to piece together the shards of a baffling crime in this “breezy” novel from a winner of the Left Award for Best Humorous Mystery starring a “witty” amateur detective (Albuquerque Journal). “[A] winning series.” —Susan Wittig Albert, New York Times–bestselling author of the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries

Stories and Stone

His 1966 novel The Woman at Otowi Crossing is based on the life of Edith Warner , who ran a tearoom at Otowi Crossing , just down the mesa from Los Alamos , during the period of the development of the atomic bomb .

Author: Reuben J. Ellis

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816523665

Category: Architecture

Page: 244

View: 659


Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Mesa Verde, Hovenweep . . . For many, such historic places evoke images of stone ruins, cliff dwellings, pot shards, and petroglyphs. For others, they recall ancestry. Remnants of the American Southwest's ancestral Puebloan peoples (sometimes known as Anasazi) have mystified and tantalized explorers, settlers, archaeologists, artists, and other visitors for centuries. And for a select group of writers, these ancient inhabitants have been a profound source of inspiration. Collected here are more than fifty selections from a striking body of literature about the prehistoric Southwest: essays, stories, travelers' reports, and poems spanning more than four centuries of visitation. They include timeless writings such as John Wesley Powell's The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Tributaries and Frank Hamilton Cushing's "Life at Zuni," plus contemporary classics ranging from Colin Fletcher's The Man Who Walked Through Time to Wallace Stegner's Beyond the Hundredth Meridian to Edward Abbey's "The Great American Desert." Reuben Ellis's introduction brings contemporary insight and continuity to the collection, and a section on "reading in place" invites readers to experience these great works amidst the landscapes that inspired them. For anyone who loves to roam ancient lands steeped in mystery, Stories and Stone is an incomparable companion that will enhance their enjoyment.

Lost Homelands

In both The Woman at Otowi Crossing and In the Shadow of Los Alamos ( Warner 2001 ) , edited by Patrick Burns , Warner stands at the boundary of the unknown , functioning as a figure for the convergence of nature and culture ...

Author: Audrey Goodman

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816528810

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 241

View: 984


Before the 1930s, landscapes of the American Southwest represented the migrantÕs dream of a stable and bountiful homeland. Around the time of the Great Depression, however, the Southwest suddenly became integrated into a much larger economic and cultural system. Audrey Goodman examines howÑsince that timeÑthese southwestern landscapes have come to reveal the resulting fragmentation of identity and community. Through analyzing a variety of texts and images, Goodman illuminates the ways that modern forces such as militarization, environmental degradation, internal migration, and an increased border patrol presence have shattered the perception of a secure homeland in the Southwest. The deceptive natural beauty of the Southwest deserts shields a dark history of trauma and decimation that has remained as a shadow on the regionÕs psyche. The first to really synthesize such wide-ranging material about the effects of the atomic age in the Southwest, Goodman realizes the value of combined visual and verbal art and uses it to put forth her own original ideas about reconstructing a new sense of homeland. Lost Homelands reminds us of the adversity and dislocation suffered by people of the Southwest by looking at the ways that artists, photographers, filmmakers, and writers have grappled with these problems for decades. In assessing the ruination of the region, however, Goodman argues that those same artists and writers have begun to reassemble a new sense of homeland from these fragments.

The Railroad in American Fiction

The Woman at Otowi Crossing. ¡966. Reprint, Athens, Ohio: Sage/Swallow Press, ¡98¡. 300p. Helen Chalmers had long run a little tearoom serving patrons of a narrow-gauge outfit, the Chile Line, at the Otowi Crossing in New Mexico.

Author: Grant Burns

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476606989

Category: Transportation

Page: 292

View: 568


Nothing better represented the early spirit of American expansion than the railroad. Dominant in daily life as well as in the popular imagination, the railroad appealed strongly to creative writers. For many years, fiction of railroad life and travel was plentiful and varied. As the nineteenth century receded, the railroad's allure faded, as did railroad fiction. Today, it is hard to sense what the railroad once meant to Americans. The fiction of the railroad—often by railroaders themselves—recaptures that sense, and provides valuable insights on American cultural history. This extensively annotated bibliography lists and discusses in 956 entries novels and short stories from the 1840s to the present in which the railroad is important. Each entry includes plot and character description to help the reader make an informed decision on the source's merit. A detailed introduction discusses the history of railroad fiction and highlights common themes such as strikes, hoboes, and the roles of women and African-Americans. Such writers of “pure” railroad fiction as Harry Bedwell, Frank Packard, and Cy Warman are well represented, along with such literary artists as Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe, Flannery O’Connor, and Ellen Glasgow. Work by minority writers, including Jean Toomer, Richard Wright, Frank Chin, and Toni Morrison, also receives close attention. An appendix organizes entries by decade of publication, and the work is indexed by subject and title.

Postwestern Cultures

21 In both The Woman at Otowi Crossing and In the Shadow of Los Alamos (2001), edited by Patrick Burns, Warner stands at the boundary of the unknown, functioning as a figure for the convergence of nature and culture, spirituality and ...

Author: Susan Kollin

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803215764

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

View: 941


Synthesizes topics of contemporary scholarship of the American West. This work examines subjects ranging from the use of frontier rhetoric in Japanese American internment camp narratives to the emergence of agricultural tourism in the New West to the application of geographer J B Jackson's theories to vernacular or abandoned western landscapes.

Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project

with San Ildefonso builders to erect a new adobe house at a more distant location. ... 24 Taos novelist Frank Waters fictionalized this story in his clumsy The Woman at Otowi Crossing (1966).25 But Warner found her Boswell in Peggy Pond ...

Author: Cynthia C. Kelly

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789812565990

Category: Science

Page: 173

View: 676


2004 marked the centennial of the birth of J Robert Oppenheimer, and brought historians and scholars, former students, nuclear physicists, and politicians together to celebrate this event. Oppenheimer's life and work became central to 20th century history as he spearheaded the development of the atomic bomb that ended World War II. This book provides a spectrum of interpretations of Oppenheimer's life and scientific achievements. It approaches the extraordinary scientist and teacher from many perspectives, chronicling the years from his boyhood through his role as director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and afterwards. The book also discusses Oppenheimer's connection to New Mexico, which hosted two of the Manhattan Project's most crucial sites, and addresses his lasting impact on contemporary science, international politics, and the postwar age.