A Fistful of Westerns; or, History Channel Rounds Up Bucko’s Greatest Westerns

VERY pleased to announce an excellently fun gig with History Channel–the daunting task of recommending a series of westerns to savvy history buffs. Check out my recs at their History Shop (oh, and buy some westerns for holiday gifts, especially if you or your friend/lover/pard is the laconic hero type!).

As a special bonus for this roundup of . . . → Read More: A Fistful of Westerns; or, History Channel Rounds Up Bucko’s Greatest Westerns

Revising the West; or (Bucko’s) Top 10 Revisionist Westerns

Revise what? Nothing less than the ideals of Manifest Destiny, which proclaimed the superiority of European white manly manliness. As soon as westerns became awesome, they began revising, folding, mutilating, and spindling this textbook tripe.

A little western history: The heroes in pre-1939 Westerns had to follow five commandments:

Thou shalt be white, male, heterosexual asexual.
Thou shalt . . . → Read More: Revising the West; or (Bucko’s) Top 10 Revisionist Westerns

Dead Man; The Backwards Journey of the Anti-Hero

“Know thyself” is part of the DNA of westerns—it’s what compels the hero to protect society or to fight it, to escape into the sunset or marry the storekeeper’s daughter. It’s the foundation of literary conflicts as old as the hills that Gilgamesh climbed in his search for immortality.

That’s why I doff my cowboy hat (red, . . . → Read More: Dead Man; The Backwards Journey of the Anti-Hero