Cowboy Moments

Having a Cowboy Moment on the eastern shore of Long Island is impossible. It took me a full two days plus a conversation with an astute writer friend to realize that yes, indeed, it had happened.

A Cowboy Moment doesn’t need the sound of spurs jingling or the

wa-wa-waaaa spaghetti western soundtrack. With honed perception, . . . → Read More: Cowboy Moments

Alt.Country; or, How to Rock a Hootenanny

In riding the virtual trails of the Wild Western Web, I can come across the truly wild (Bobby Cash, “India’s One in a Billion Country Star”) and the truly wonderful: Postmodern Sounds in Country and Western Music.

Alt. country refers to a pretty diverse array of music with roots in anything from country to rockabilly to punk. . . . → Read More: Alt.Country; or, How to Rock a Hootenanny

They Went Thataway; or, The Absolute Top Worst Westerns

Ladies and gentlemen. I present…the Top Ten Worst Westerns, lassoed, watched, and reviewed by Batboy42. But before delving into these fantastically feeble films, we have here a by-god manifesto, typed by BB’s own self, own words, own heart and soul.

They Went Thataway, by Batboy42



I love Westerns. I like ’em good or bad, but mostly . . . → Read More: They Went Thataway; or, The Absolute Top Worst Westerns

Outlaws ‘R’ Us

Badlands, by Bennett Foster
cover illus. Norman Saunders
Bantam Books, late 40s, early 50s
from the collection of ES

“They Branded Him an Outlaw!” says it all. This dynamic man is the “little guy,” the proverbial clever tailor who can knock down an armed giant/gunman with a flip of his lariat. Go ahead and try it, any of . . . → Read More: Outlaws ‘R’ Us

Cowboy Diplomacy Isn't Just for White Men Anymore

Independent. Rough-hewn. Clean-cut. Hell-raiser, and all in good, clean fun.

But for however many hardworking cowpokes out there, “cowboy” is also code for another array of attributes: rough-and-tumble, no-holds-barred, antiquated, nonrefined, in-your-face. Add that to “diplomacy” and you have a thick brew of Ugly American.

“Cowboy diplomacy” has made it to Wikipedia. In Wiki-speak, it means . . . → Read More: Cowboy Diplomacy Isn't Just for White Men Anymore

The Worst of the Worst

How many top ten movie lists are there in the world? Too many, from one point of view. Always room for more, from another. What I believe, from the bottom of my heart, is that it is always great if SOMEONE ELSE makes the list. I’m pleased to shout the arrival, any day now, of the . . . → Read More: The Worst of the Worst