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"Hey, want to burn a couple of vacation days sleeping on the ground outside?"

My friend Doug (I'm sure you all remember Doug) is going camping this weekend, which made me realize that, along with a yearning to suddenly travel back in time to 1890 and hug everyone with leg-of-mutton sleeves, I harbor the delusion that camping would be really, really fun. This is the same sort of feeling that gets me excited during Chicago winters when I have to put on every piece of wintergear I own. "IT'S JUST ME AND YOU NOW, ELEMENTS."

This is a big reason I find certain cowboy novels attractive -- campfires! bedrolls! wide expanses! hats with brims! long rides ahead of us!


Of course, then I neatly leave out the threat of snakes/scorpions/kangaroo rats, but it's not like I'm going to be magically placed in The Sisters Brothers, so whatever.


Meanwhile:


Gratuitous Alex Kingston
GIF I'm never gonna find a
reason to use

I'm actually looking for other silent Western cowboyish novels. True Grit and Sisters Brothers were oh-so-similar in tone, and it's a tone I super-like. "We shall not use contractions! And there shall be strange characters met along the way. And a magical code of the West we shall refer to from time to time." Oh, so wonderful.

It's Thursday, and this is more Fridayish, BUT please be telling me particular genres you like. And remember that the more specific you are about shit, the more interesting it is. So if someone says like "Oh, I really like romantic sorts of novels," it's like "Oh, how very general of you." But if you say "I will ONLY read time travel narratives from the POV of a Polynesian man," it's like "Well. Let's delve into that and your psyche, please."

Of course, being that specific is nigh impossible, but STILL. Genres are usually so broad and boring. And we can CHANGE that.

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