Tag: Western

  • Gallatin Canyon by Thomas McGuane Short Story Analysis

    Gallatin Canyon by Thomas McGuane Short Story Analysis

    “Gallatin Canyon” is a short, grim road trip story by American author Thomas McGuane. This story served as the title of McGuane’s 2006 collection. In 2021, Deborah Treisman and Téa Obreht discussed its merits on the New Yorker fiction podcast. SYNOPSIS A man and a woman drive through Gallatin Canyon, toward Idaho, where the narrator […]

  • Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Byron Barton Analysis

    Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Byron Barton Analysis

    Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport (1980) is an American picture book written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and illustrated by Byron Barton.

  • Little House On The Prairie Analysis

    Little House On The Prairie Analysis

    Should parents expose our modern kids to Little House On The Prairie, given the uncomfortable realities?

  • The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte Analysis

    The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte Analysis

    If you like playing Red Dead Redemption, if you enjoyed The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, I recommend “The Outcasts of Poker Flat”, a short story by Bret Harte, published in the late 1800s as the century was coming to a close.

  • The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane (1898) Short Story Analysis

    The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane (1898) Short Story Analysis

    “The Blue Hotel” is a short story by Stephen Crane, published serially in Collier’s Weekly (1898) and then in the collection The Monster and Other Stories (1899). The story was inspired by Crane’s travels to the American Southwest in 1895. Encyclopedia Britannica I recently took a close look at “The Woman At The Store” by Katherine Mansfield. By coincidence I came across “The…

  • No Country For Old Men Film Study

    No Country For Old Men Film Study

    No Country For Old Men is a 2007 film based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel. Drama combines with crime and thriller to create a story about the nature of evil.

  • True Grit Film Study (1969)

    True Grit Film Study (1969)

    When iconic Australian film critics Margaret and David reviewed the 2010 film True Grit they did enjoy it, but couldn’t see the point of a remake. The 1969 original stood the test of time, so they said. That’s what made me watch the original. Turns out the 1969 film is benign enough to watch with my cowboy-loving primary school aged daughter, who loves it to bits.

  • Westerns, Anti-Westerns and Neo-Westerns

    Westerns, Anti-Westerns and Neo-Westerns

    Western is a genre set primarily in the latter half of the 19th and early 20th century in the Western United States, the “Old West”. Before WW2, these stories were a celebration of American expansionism.

  • The Mud Below by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    The Mud Below by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “The Mud Below” was first published in the 1998 summer issue of The New Yorker and is the second short story in Proulx’s Close Range collection, retitled Close Range: Brokeback Mountain And Other Stories after the movie adaptation.

  • Storytelling Tips From The Homesman (2014)

    Storytelling Tips From The Homesman (2014)

    With similarities to Million Dollar Baby, The Homesman is a film about an old man who has regrets but no character arc after meeting a young woman in desperate circumstances. The 2014 Homesman film is closely based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout, first published 1988. Glendon Swarthout died just four years after this novel…

  • Cowboys, Westerns and Lonesome Dove

    Cowboys, Westerns and Lonesome Dove

    Here’s the premise of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove: Two Texas Rangers decide to move cattle from the south to Montana running into many problems along the way. CONTROLLING IDEA Detail a legendary journey while including the harsh realities of Wild-Western life to show that the ‘legends’ of the Wild West were ordinary men working in…

  • Courage The Cowardly Dog: Doctor Le Quack

    Courage The Cowardly Dog: Doctor Le Quack

    All of the Courage The Cowardly Dog episodes including Doctor Le Quack are set in a place called Nowhere. “Be quiet, Eustace,” says Muriel one morning, “you’ll wake the neighbours!” This setting is perfect for western spoofs. Many of the Courage stories are horror spoofs but in Dr Le Quack we have the cartoon, child-friendly version…