Globe-trotting author and photographer Bill Wright chats with the Trib about his new book, “Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend,” which offers casual but thoroughly engaging portraits of the cross section of fascinating, fiercely independent people who choose to live in this visually striking but rugged and remote stretch of Texas.

No matter how you happen to feel about President Trump’s policies and pronouncements, even his most avid supporters concede his scathing tweets and unguarded condemnations have aggravated the national dialogue. While one might hope or expect a U.S. president to rally constituents on at least some issues — if only for the sake of his legacy — the Age of Trump has instead left Americans more polarized. We all seem meaner, angrier, less tolerant of one another.

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