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boys of the dipper ranch sterry butcherSterry Butcher had no intention of becoming Texas’s foremost chronicler of twenty-first-century rural life. Raised in Fort Worth, she liked riding horses but never expected to end up writing about them. She attended Reed College, in Oregon, and graduated with a degree in English and a vague ambition to become a novelist.Then, in 1992, she visited Marfa while spending Thanksgiving with her family in far West Texas. “Marfa then consisted of two little Mexican cafes, two old-man bars, a feed store, a courthouse, a public library, a city hall, a combination gas station–butcher shop, a grocery store, a single blinking red light, and an art museum,” Butcher says. “I thought, ‘Wow, everything you need is right here in one place.’ ” Six months later, the 25-year-old Butcher…

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