A friend of Brother Cappy and Mike Tritico, who rebelled against his strict religious upbringing during his youth but is now loved for his “spontaneous acts of kindness” and daredevil embrace of danger. He argues with Tritico about the government’s role in Louisianans’ lives and safety—specifically, he argues that it should not shut down the I-10 bridge whose foundations have been threatened by the Condea Vista chemical leak. He exemplifies the Cowboy.
Donny McCorquodale Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land
The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by Donny McCorquodale or refer to Donny McCorquodale . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the The New Press edition of Strangers in Their Own Land published in 2016.).
Chapter 13 Quotes
“We need Mikes.” Don't be a Cowboy in enduring pollution, he seemed to say. Be a Cowboy fighting it.
Donny McCorquodale Character Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land
The timeline below shows where the character Donny McCorquodale appears in Strangers in Their Own Land. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12 – The Cowboy: Stoicism
...bridge, adhering to the “precautionary principle” that government should first and foremost “do no harm.” Donny says that Condea Vista could not have predicted the effects of their leak, but Tritico... (full context)
...thinks the government should prevent an accident “if there’s a known way to prevent it.” Donny thinks this gets in the way of people’s “independent decisions” and says that, if someone... (full context)
...suggests that, in terms of regulation, “Louisiana is a Cowboy kind of state” that carries Donny’s attitude toward risk: enduring risk, even when the risk is unnecessary, proves one’s strength and... (full context)
Chapter 15 – Strangers No Longer: The Power of Promise
...her last visit, about half of Hochschild’s friends in Louisiana backed Trump. Janice Areno and Donny McCorquodale were ardent supporters; Mike Schaff preferred Ted Cruz. Jackie Tabor, Harold and Annette Areno,... (full context)
Chapter 16 – “They Say There Are Beautiful Trees”
...to maintain his old racecars and campaign for anti-EPA Tea Party candidates. Mike Tritico and Donny McCorquodale continue their lively discussions over dinner at Brother Cappy and Sister Fay’s—now, they are... (full context)