Which Western Hero Are You?; or, Part II, the Quiz

Answer the following questions, keeping track of your answers. Here you can see how your answers match up with three silver-screen western-hero archetypes, which are then described and accompanied by examples worthy of emulation and their quintessential films. Study these films. Watch them constantly, even when you are brushing your teeth in the morning. Watch them . . . → Read More: Which Western Hero Are You?; or, Part II, the Quiz

Which Western Hero Are You? Part I

A western hero lives within YOU—buried under soul-sucking everyday cares.

Of course our idolized western hero of the silver-screen is created by a team: the actor collaborating with directors, cinematographers, scriptwriters, and assistants who pat the actor’s sweat from his or her upper lip. And we know all too well that actors are unheroically human. . . . → Read More: Which Western Hero Are You? Part I

You Can Too Have a Silver-Screen Western Hero Life; or, Just Think Like One

Western movies, chock full of romance

drama

and (usually) happy endings

provide simple-as-black-and-white rules for changing the plot of your life from everyday to epic.
Only a silver-screen western hero knows exactly what will satisfy him and achieves it, whether it’s the love of his life in his arms or a lonely ride into . . . → Read More: You Can Too Have a Silver-Screen Western Hero Life; or, Just Think Like One

Roy Rogers @ Christie’s; or, Happy Sales to You

The Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, MO, closed = bummer.
An exceptional collection of western kitsch and singing cowboy duds for previewing at Christie’s auction house = lifts the spirits a little
Trigger = $266,000
Bullet, Roy Roger’s dog = $35,000
Hand-drawn music and lyrics to “Happy Trails” = $27,500
Most of the items bought by collectors who will keep the . . . → Read More: Roy Rogers @ Christie’s; or, Happy Sales to You

Cowboys + Aliens = America

Q: A cross between Sergio Leone and Steven Spielberg?
A: Something either really good or really sucky. The jury is still out.
Cowboys & Aliens: Footage of the movie directed by Jon Favreau is practically nonexistent but speculation is running high. You got cowboys and Arizona of the 1870s–classic western, but with an space-alien-takeover-so-the-cowboys-team-up-with-Apaches twist. You got a director . . . → Read More: Cowboys + Aliens = America

Too Damn Hot; Heat Wave Rage

Thankfully the Northeast has cooled off, because it was getting a little “Hot Town” on us.

Hot Town by Frank Malachy

Cover illustration by Tom Ryan

Perma . . . → Read More: Too Damn Hot; Heat Wave Rage

Or Not So Happy Day of the American Cowboy

Reason #1 I love the movie cowboy so much
He (and now more and more she) is fictional.
That’s why they’re great heroes.
They

don’t massacre a tribe’s women and children in surprise attacks unless they go through deep soul questioning and soul searching (which they should, goddammit)

don’t shoot up a town like thugs unless it’s for comic effect

don’t get . . . → Read More: Or Not So Happy Day of the American Cowboy

Happy National Day of the American Cowboy!

And WHY isn’t this date on calendars everywhere?
Whaddaya mean nobody “does” cowboy anymore?
Tell that to rodeo goers to the more than 600 rodeos held every year in the United States, from Las Vegas to Estes Park Colorado, home of the Best Small Rodeo in the Nation, with a not-so-small yearly attendance of 10,000 people.

Oh right. You don’t . . . → Read More: Happy National Day of the American Cowboy!

Cowgirl Power; or Two-Gun Nan Aspinwall

Day of the Cowboy (this Saturday) needs some girl power, and Two-Gun Nan fills those boots and how.
Thanks to Petticoats & Pistols‘ Mary Connealy, this original buckarette can shine her light into the 21st century.
Born in Nebraska in 1880, Nan Aspinwall was a skillful stunt rider, sharpshooter, and bull rider. (Whoo-hoo!) She was so skillful she . . . → Read More: Cowgirl Power; or Two-Gun Nan Aspinwall

Media Loco for Naked Cowboy Suit

The story is a cliche, but the way the media is frothing about it, you’d think we’re back in the golden age of westerns.
It’s the typical cowboy vs. rustler story:
1.) cowboy tries to keep a little spread and make a living; 2.) some rustler tries to horn in to make money; c.) cowboy prevails, simultaneously getting . . . → Read More: Media Loco for Naked Cowboy Suit