Movies: Capturing the Cowboys

As the premier novelist of the American West, Larry McMurtry, 69, has won a Pulitzer Prize for Lonesome Dove and seen film adaptations of his work--including Hud, The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment--earn 26 Oscar nominations. But Brokeback Mountain was another writer's story, and, as McMurtry tells Josh Tyrangiel, he almost didn't read it.

When your writing partner, Diana Ossana, first showed you Annie Proulx's short story, is it true you said, "I don't read short fiction"? I've never been able to read short fiction, and I've never been able to write it. It's a blank in my intellectual...

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