Elmer Kelton

Stories

When the Well Runs Dry

In parts of Texas drought is a steady boarder who may stray but always comes home for supper.

The Time It Always Rained

The wettest spell in memory has given the people who live in West Texas an unfamiliar topic of conversation.

Habits of the Heart

Time-honored Texas rituals.

Earth, Rain, Wind, Fire

A wet year followed by a dry one made for one hellacious brush with disaster in the ranchlands of West Texas.

My Favorite Place

What do the city of Lubbock, a defunct restaurant, and a submerged neighborhood have in common? They’re all places in somebody’s heart.

Having a Cow

Beyond Beef blames cattle for the decline of civilization—not to mention famine, pestilence, destruction, and death.

Bone Dry

From water rationing to stricken crops, the current drought may be as devastating as the one in the early fifties—the time it never rained.

Twin Wells

Chapter One: “A Stranger Comes to Town”

True Grit

Once upon a time, before the pundits and the politicians hijacked it for their nefarious ends, “cowboy” wasn’t a dirty word. The lifestyle and worldview it suggested was seen as completely in line with the very finest Texas values: hard work, independence, honesty, decency, valor. For the sake of today’s generation of ranch hands and cattlemen, it’s high time we steal it back.

Twin Wells

The final chapter of “Twin Wells,” by Elmer Kelton.