Saturday, August 15, 2015

Damn near every time a new, good looking western comes out someone writes a piece about whether the western is making a comeback.  It's not the old days of tons of movie westerns and won't ever be again (do we really want it to be?). A list of the top ten westerns from the last decade is easy to compile because there were only 10 westerns made, you just have to decide how to order them (sarcasm). Jokey bullshitting aside this Christmas looks to be a one good for western fans with two high profile western films coming out. Take a look at the trailers and let me know what you think.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Some interesting items learned from reading non-fiction western material recently.

-Ernest Haycox rented a writing office in downtown Portland so that he would go to work everyday as if writing were a regular job.

-The slicks had an editorial policy to not portray Native Americans "sensitively or compassionately".

-When Jack Schaefer submitted Shane to Argosy Magazine it was his first fiction that he had written. He was such a novice that he sent them the original and didn't keep a copy for himself.

Monday, August 3, 2015

westerns as crime fiction in a historical setting

I'm familiar with the idea that westerns are just "crime fiction in a historical setting" (a comment left on my DSD post and one I've heard before). It's true, but only partially and to an extent. A lot of the westerns in the 50s and 60s for example were hardboiled westerns that fits the above idea but there is much more to the genre, and other modes and story types are available. My current opinion is that picaresque westerns serve the genre best for example.