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Golf book author Edwin ‘Bud’ Shrake dies


Edwin ‘Bud’ Shrake, 77, the author of the bestselling golf book, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book, died last week. Here is the Washington Post’s obituary. I like the sound of this guy.

In the 1960s and ’70s, Mr. Shrake was part of a ragtag assemblage of Texas writers known collectively as “Mad Dog Inc.” Hard-drinking good ol’ boys and anti-establishment liberals, they included Cartwright, who would go on to write for Texas Monthly; novelist Billy Lee Brammer (“The Gay Place”); sportswriter Dan Jenkins (“Semi-Tough”); Larry L. King (“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”); and Peter Gent, the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver who wrote the novel “North Dallas Forty.”

“Shrake has always been an intriguing talent, far superior to his drinking buddies,” novelist Larry McMurtry wrote in a controversial 1981 Texas Observer essay assessing the state’s writers.

Shrake was the author of 10 novels, including Blessed McGill (1967) and Strange Peaches (1972).

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