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About meThings started getting Western late in my life, about the time a person would have an affair, quit a job, pick up and move. Instead of doing any of those, I started reading and watching Westerns. Didn’t matter what kind: lurid pulps or supermarket romances, celluloid classics or far-out frontier flicks.

Somewhere during that time, probably in long-plane-flight desperation, I picked up a paperback (the kind with a purple cover and a steely-eyed, bare-chested man in tight jeans). “I can write better than this,” I said with the certainty born out of ignorance, and thus started my writing career. Whether I have done, can do, or will ever do “better” than that hard-working author is a question, but that cocky statement sure got the job done.

Several years on, I’ve traveled extensively throughout the West, enough to know the difference between a real cowboy and a poser, and to appreciate them both. I’ve devoted myself to studying the Western in all its forms and permutations, as geeky as that sounds. I have more Western kitsch than is legal, and, at last count 17 20 pairs of cowboy boots, a visual library of anything from historical commentary to cowboy porn, and two hundred and eighty three hundred and two paperback westerns (most of which I’ve read). Can there be such a thing as a degree in Western mythology?

In between collecting, I’m a writer and artist whose themes dip into the genre’s style, and there are some published stories out there in the cyberspace frontier. You might catch me at a reading in NYC, where I’ve featured and enjoyed the fine company of many of the city’s finest writers and poets. And someday soon, a novel set in the modern but no less wild West will be completed.

About my libraryOver three hundred paperback westerns from the forties and fifties, with the best (and worst?) illustrators of the genre. And other things.



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