After we heard the news last week of the death of John Graves (’42), the author of several lovely books including most famously Goodbye to A River, a reader emailed asking about a short piece Graves wrote in 1964. Published in the wonderful magazine Holiday, Graves’s piece, “Rice University: The Pangs of Change,” describes the ongoing transformation of his beloved alma mater. It is extremely interesting, so interesting in fact that I learned how to make a pdf file so I could show it to you. (I learned as I went, which you’ll be able to see because I didn’t have time to go back and make it perfect. It’s several pages and might take a minute to load but it’s worth it.)
Coincidentally I also had a nice visit this week with Bill Broyles (’66), who has a warm remembrance of Graves up at the Texas Monthly website.
I went and picked up my own copy of Goodbye to A River and it came to me that I had bought it at a Friends of Fondren book sale several years ago. I paid five dollars for it, a bargain, and the name inscribed on the inside cover is “Demaris Hudspeth.”