60 Minutes: Marfa, Texas - the capital of quirkiness

60 Minutes: Marfa, Texas - the capital of quirkiness

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Morley Safer finds a rich cultural stew of cowboys and artists mixing it up in an unusual West Texas town.

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by CBS News

60 Minutes

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 15 at 12:19 PM

It sometimes seems America is a country hopelessly divided—by class, by politics, by culture. “60 Minutes” went to a remote place where few have trodden before—Marfa, Texas—for a lesson in artful coexistence. Marfa is in cattle country, the high desert of far West Texas. Like many small towns, it’s come close to extinction.

But today, Marfa lives on, is even thriving: its renaissance spurred by the arrival of a host of young, cutting edge artists. Mixing cowboys and culture might seem like a bad idea, but it’s made Marfa a capital of quirkiness. And it’s produced a harmony as sweet as the country music that fills the air. Morely Safer reports.

 

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