We publish Texas Stories, Novels, Books, Texas Authors and Biographies of Regional Characters, stories turning on local customs, novels based on an isolated society, books of history and fiction, books of fictional histories, and historical fictions.
J. Frank Dobie wrote that the hope of regional literature lies in out-growing regionalism itself. Good writing about any region is good only to the extent that it has universal appeal. He also said that Texans are the only "race of people" known to anthropologists who do not depend upon breeding for propagation. Like princes and lords, they can be made by "breath," plus a big white hat. - November 11, 1949, Texas Institute of Letters, later published in the Spring 1950 issue of the Southwest Review.
I believe that there are two types of explorers, those who reach out to the stars with rockets and those who reach out with telescopes. Neither are less or more important than the other. Each records what they witness for others to see what had passed, and to be a witness to more others.
We are all explorers. And after all has passed, there should be a witness. To witness the people and events as they pass. This is most important.
While traveling, you can fairly determine where you are going by looking back on where you came. The same vision is afforded through the eye of the witness. We can fairly see where we are going by simply looking back on where we came.
It is this witness that tells us where we have been, and keeps us moving forward.
"He who first shortened the labor of copyists by device of movable types was disbanding hired armies, and cashiering most kings and senates, and creating a whole new democratic world: he had invented the art of printing. " - (Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, 1833)