Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Black Hats, Fancy Boots

Lousy Westerns

“It was making me ill, reading one lousy Western after another. So I wrote a parody in a fit of rage, showed it to the story editor, and he said: ‘This is good, you want to make a novel out of this.’ I crossed out the title, wrote ‘Chapter One,’ and went from there.” 

—E.L. Doctorow (1931-2015), novelist (Ragtime, 1975, Billy Bathgate, 1989), wrote his first book, “Welcome to Hard Times” (1960), after a job reading scripts for a movie company. NPR obit

Editorial Comment: I’ve gotta write me some more lousy Westerns. “The gunslinger’s steely eyes glinted like obsidian in the slanting afternoon sun. ‘I hope your boots will fit me,’ the black-hatted man said. Dust swirled around those size 16 armadillo boots as the black-eyed, black-hatted, black-socked man whirled . . . .”

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

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