‘He kept digging, kept searching’

Sam Shephard works in the library at the Santa Fe Institute. For Shepard, who died July 27 of ALS, the Institute served as a refuge where he could focus on his writing and avoid excessive interplay with others. To a larger degree, Santa Fe and New Mexico served the same purpose. InSightFoto for the Santa Fe Institute Every day for a year, Sam Shepard would walk into his office at the Santa Fe Institute to write. He would not use a computer, preferring a small portable typewriter that he carried in a case. He changed the ribbon when needed. Sometimes he wrote by long hand. He dressed Santa Fe style — casual jeans, denim jacket, cowboy boots. It was 2010-11, a good period for Shepard. The Institute — a community of creative and scientific researchers and thinkers — had chosen him as a Miller Scholar, and that gave him a year to do nothing but write. “He clearly very much enjoyed it,” said Jerry Sabloff, who served as president of the Institute from 2009-15. “It was a significant change of pace for him. He would sit down with the scientists at lunch and chat and chat. It was intellectually […]

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