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it was amazing
My best read of the year, and one I can recommend to all. What, you don’t think a “Western” would appeal to you? Or you think you saw a movie about a shootout in Tombstone that conveys to you everything you didn’t really need to know? And are you about to tell me that any thrill from brave action and dastardly villainy is gone, and any joy of wisdom about courage and justice is as dead as old reruns of “Gunsmoke”?
Well, never fear, just forget all that. Think character development sublime, prose
It all started with a bad tooth. And a piano… There was Doc Holliday, one-time dentist now turned professional gambler, living comfortably in Tucson, Arizona when he got the call. Friend Wyatt Earp in Tombstone had a severe toothache, and would the Doc come to Tombstone? By the way, there was also an excellent piano at the local hotel. Doc might say no to the tooth, but the piano? – not on your life. He was determined to play a good piano before his tuberculosis (or a stray bullet) ki
”To understand the gunfight in Tombstone, stop — now — and watch a clock for thirty seconds. Listen to it tick while you try to imagine one half of a single minute so terrible it will pursue you all your life and far beyond the grave.”
One of the things I find fascinating about the ‘Gunfight at the O.K. Corral’* is how the same set of facts can be presented to show one side or the other as the ‘good guys’ or the ‘bad guys’. Were the Earps and Doc Holliday heroes who fearlessly faced down some das