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A magical visit with Taos author John Nichols

John Nichols plays a vintage Stratocaster given to him in recognition of lifetime achievments by Somos, the literary society of Taos.

Editor’s note: Breckenridge residents Matt and Cindi Krane regularly visit with author John Nichols. This is Matt’s account of their latest journey to northern New Mexico, where Nichols lives and where he drew his inspiration for a series of three books — the New Mexico Trilogy that vividly describe the people and culture, as well as the physical and metaphysical landscape, of the region.

By Matt Krane

If Nichols seems reclusive, he sometimes has to be in order to work. Actually, he’s a quite out-and-about guy around his home of Taos, New Mexico. In order to please his publishers, however, John does stick to a strict daily regimen. He sleeps from 6 a.m. to early afternoon. Then it’s errands, tending the garden, the post office, maybe a bite with friends at a local eatery … but by 8 p.m., he’s hunkered down, transcribing family journals (of late) and writing until daybreak.

Nichols is perhaps best-known for The Milagro Beanfield War (1974), the first book in the New Mexico Trilogy. Robert Redford‘s movie of the same name put Nichols big on the map. Continue reading

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