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A Cowboy Like Me: Short Stories, Volume II
     

A Cowboy Like Me: Short Stories, Volume II

by Thomas Edward Shaw
 

Set in an environment of sagebrush, mountain bluebirds and rivers that disappear, the twelve titles, inside this book, describe a place familiar to everyone - or perhaps familiar to none. We only remember what we think we saw.
The stories describe is a place where civilization does not necessarily describe refinement. As German philosopher Nietzsche once defined

Overview

Set in an environment of sagebrush, mountain bluebirds and rivers that disappear, the twelve titles, inside this book, describe a place familiar to everyone - or perhaps familiar to none. We only remember what we think we saw.
The stories describe is a place where civilization does not necessarily describe refinement. As German philosopher Nietzsche once defined it, “The purpose of civilization is to convert man, a beast of prey into a tame and civilized animal; a domestic animal.
It was about the same time Mark Twain wrote this: “I reckon I got to light out for the territory because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt and civilize me and I can’t stand it. I’ve been there before.”
And about the same time again, closer to home, one old sourdough described it this way: “See what women do? First it’s civilization and then the next thing, you know, you’ll be combin’ yer hair and eating broccoli.”
So over the years, what has changed? It used to take three months to drive a covered wagon from Missouri to California. Now the same distance can be covered in three hours; but that, in itself, does not accurately describe anything.
In the short story, A Song for the Son of a Buckaroo, a young man recounts how Kate, Karl, Alice and he take a late night swim in the Humboldt River. Later they go to town to dance until dawn, wearing only their underwear. In the small town of Elko, a cowboy can be who he wants to be. And that, by itself, doesn't fix what is wrong.
In The Sunday Matinee, undomesticated boys prefer watching western movies with “King of the Cowboys” Roy Rogers. Just ask them and they will tell you, it’s never fun to watch a film starring Ronald Reagan, who seems much too civilized to be a real cowpoke. But then, when they grow up and become domesticated, for whom did most of them cast their votes in a presidential election? Was the winner the best horse rider? Some of them still grouse about it.
In The Boxer, a young man describes the Queensbury Rules of boxing, “Points are deducted for hitting below the belt,” and after he proves his point, he surprises his doubting adversary by becoming a politician.
At the end - after time has passed and the place may or may not be the same - everyone comes together for their high school class reunion and what do they remember? A Cowboy Like Me is not really about cowboys, but if the reader prefers, it can be.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045574389
Publisher:
Thomas Edward Shaw
Publication date:
01/01/2014
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Thomas Edward Shaw – also known as Eddie Shaw is a musician and author.He co-wrote and recorded: BLACK MONK TIME, COMPLICATION, CUCKOO, and LOVE CAN TAME THE WILD on Polydor International Records (producer Jimmy Bowien) – also on American Records (See website: the-monks.com) - Retribution Records, distributed by Burnside Distribution, Portland, Oregon – BLACK MONK TIME and MONKS, EARLY YEARS on Light in the Attic Records, Seattle Washington; also MINNESODA (Lp) on Capitol Records. His newest release is JASS IN SIX PIECES, by the Hydraulic Pigeons on Sevencranes Music, (digital release) on CD Baby, Amazon.com, Itunes, etc.His music is on Movie/TV Soundtracks: Coen Bros movie, BIG LEBOWSKI; Canadian movie, TAILLIGHTS FADING; POWERADE sports drink commercials, aired on national U.S. TV stations; Peter Rosen’s 2006 documentary, WHO GETS TO CALL IT ART?; Movie documentary, about the Monks, TRANSATLANTIC FEEDBACK, by Playloud Productions (Berlin, Germany), in movie theaters in Europe and the USA, accessible through netflix and DVD. TV soundtracks: DAS WILDE LEBEN, German TV; CALIFORNICATION; HAMMER TIME; INDEPENDENT LENS; SKILLS LIKE THIS: and more.Books published are: A COWBOY LIKE ME (softcover book of short stories); BLACK MONK TIME (memoir); BELTRAMI’S RIVER (historical novel); Contributing author in the book, A FRIENDLY GAME OF POKER, 52 Tales of the Neighborhood Game, published by Chicago Review Press, Sept. 2003; Shaw is also a contributing poet for two different books of poetry by the Nevada Poetry Society.Shaw has also appeared for TV and radio interviews: NYC; National Public Radio; Chicago; San Francisco; Austin, TX; BBC, London; Berlin; Spain; Denmark; and more; including hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.

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