32. Life is more interesting as a Cowboy.
You’ve got to be careful with this Cowboy thing, but with judicious application, the most mundane duties become charged with Mythic meaning.
from Gunman’s Gold, by Max Brand
Pocket Books, 1960
Last Stand! Trapped! Brush Fire! or Die! When this is truly the case, you . . . → Read More: A Cowboy’s Life; 51…32…
The End of the Trail, by Peter Field
cover illus. Earl Bergey
Pocket Book, 1945
from the collection of ES
36. Anybody can wear cowboy boots; it’s the person who wears spurs who commands attention.*
* Although, outside of a rodeo, a horse show, a trail ride, a ranch, or some . . . → Read More: The True Meaning of Ka-ching!; or, 51 Cowboy Facts, Continued
There are days when words come easy. There are days when words come hard. And there are days when other people come to you with the perfect words.
Cowboy metaphors are simple to use but harder to back up (see “cowboy diplomacy”). From the press statements of world leaders to casual water-cooler talk, the downright sloppy use . . . → Read More: 51 Cowboy Facts; or, the Mythic Metaphor
Bucko’s Boots. Photo copyright 2008 comoed
42. No other shoes do what cowboy boots do.
41. No other shoes do what cowboy boots do.
40. No other boots do what cowboy boots do.
OK, OK, that’s cheating. But it is a fact that bears repeating.
41. Walking in boots makes you imagine the ching of spurs. All . . . → Read More: 51 Cowboy Facts; or, Continuing the Countdown
Fifty-one facts about the Cowboy Myth:
51. The spirit of the Cowboy is alive and well, even when it shouldn’t be.
50. The Cowboy makes people pose.
49. Some people look better in cowboy hats than others.
48. Shredded computer printout paper does not hay make.
47. It’s best to be earnest about appropriating the Cowboy.
46. You don’t have to sing . . . → Read More: Powboy; or, 51 Cowboy Facts
Historical museums take pride in displaying the good, the bad, and the ugly of Americana (cue spaghetti western soundtrack). They collect and preserve objects that are sometimes significant, but are usually the kinds of things found in the back of someone’s untidy closet. I admit that I was a voyeur at first, drawn to their quirks like a . . . → Read More: The Good, the Bad, and the Fugly
Like a tumbling tumbleweed, a question or thought on one blog is is found on another. From High Country News (For Those Who Care About the West) comes the feature story “Why the West Needs Mythic Cowboys.”
Untitled (Woody Strode), copyright 2007
The author Jeffrey Lockwood argues, like Batboy42, that Myths (in . . . → Read More: Cowboy Hero, Take 2
A certain commentary conversation was getting veeeery interesting, so I have to bring it to the light of day. High Noon day that is. I had fingered Gary Cooper as a Man Worthy of Emulation (at least on the silver screen). Cooper’s Everyman Marshal Kane is willing to risk all for the sake of duty. . . . → Read More: Who Was That Masked Man?
When life appears frustrating, demeaning, terrifying, unfixable, and/or immutable, it is helpful to ask: “What would Gary Cooper do?”
His example—and that of other western celluloid heroes—provides an antidote to the life of the office drone, the frustrated housewife/husband, or the cog in the machine. Following the Cowboy Way allows one to stand . . . → Read More: What Would Gary Cooper Do?