John Wayne: A Love Song

In 1965, Joan Didion went to visit John Wayne and the cast of The Sons of Katie Elder while they were shooting down in Mexico City. Later that year,  “John Wayne: A Love Song,” was published in the Saturday Evening Post:

…there with the pepper trees and the bright sun outside, they could still, for just so long as the picture lasted, maintain a world peculiar to men who like to make Westerns, a world of loyalties and fond raillery, of sentiment and shared cigars, of interminable desultory recollections; campfire talk, its only point to keep a human voice raised against the night, the wind, the rustlings in the brush.

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