The spell of New Mexico

One Saturday morning recently I ended up waiting unpatiently at Firestone for the technician to remove a nail from my car’s tire and then patch the tire.

I had just found a spot in the waiting room when I noticed that the television set was blaring. As soon as I opened my book, the young man sitting next to me opened his iPad, and suddenly it was emitting rap music that was even more unpleasant than the sounds from the TV commercials. And, then, the man sitting across me started snoring. And his snoring was loud.

I opened my book—a collection of essays called The Spell of New Mexico edited by Tony Hillerman—and fled to a more peaceful place. I read about “the enviable serenity of the Pueblo Indian.” And the “staggering spaciousness of earth and sky” in New Mexico. And “the brilliant proud morning” high up over the deserts of Santa Fe.


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