"There is a valley in the West where phantoms come to brood and mourn, pale phantoms dying of nostalgia and bitterness."
Published in 1956, sixty years ago, favorite book was about Albuquerque and a few other things.
Favorite movie, Lonely Are the Brave, was filmed on location. Kirk Douglas crossed Second Street on spooky palomino mare, Whiskey, where Murphy's Mule Barn is today. In the yelp comments a visitor says it could be a truck stop from 1959. But it's probably a decade older from when the big Alameda Drain was dug and Second Street was paved around 1949.
That Big Chief truck stop sign is now out on US 550 on Zia land, I'm pretty sure.
Brooding and mourning in the valley? Not enough of it. But then I'm practically dying of nostalgia and bitterness. And pretty pale.