of the pleasures of reading fiction comes from meeting characters
on the pages of a novel you truly would want to encounter in real
life. My personal introduction to Duane Moore, the protagonist in
Larry McMurtry's WHEN THE LIGHT GOES, comes late in his life. But
Duane seems like an endearing fellow nonetheless, and he and I
might have a few things in common to discuss over a beer.
Duane first appeared as a rowdy young "good-old" Texan in THE LAST
PICTURE SHOW (1966), though he wasn't a major character.
Subsequently he became the focus of McMurtry's writing in
TEXASVILLE (1987) and DUANE'S DEPRESS