(K. Brent Tomer),
HE WAS best known as the star of movies such as “The Right Stuff” and TV shows such as “Bloodline”, which is odd. To say that Sam Shepard was a fine actor is like saying that Salman Rushdie wrote snappy advertising slogans or that Adam Smith was a pretty good customs official. It may be true, but it rather misses the point. Mr Shepard, who died on July 27th, was a cowboy playwright who could make audiences spit out their beer in surprise.
Consider a scene near the start of “A Lie of the Mind”, a drama about dysfunctional families set in Montana. Jake and Frankie, two brothers, are in a motel room. They are arguing about ice. Jake says he doesn’t want any, because “It’s cold.” Frankie replies: “I know it’s cold. It’s ice. It’s supposed to be cold.” Then he pauses and asks: “You didn’t actually kill her, did ya’, Jake?”
Jake has just beaten his wife, Beth. He thinks she may be dead. Frankie wants to understand why. Jake explains that he knew that Beth was cheating on him because…Continue reading