Baxter Black is agood, but indescribably weird, a observes the Dallas Morning News. aThe dean of cowboy bards, and the Art Buchwald of the Stetson-and-Levias crowd, a raves the Christian Science Monitor. aMark Twain served up with a little Groucho Marx, a proclaims the Weekly Standard. But the authoras mother has the last word: aBaxteras stories are just the right length.a The worldas bestselling cowboy poet, author of Cactus Tracks a Cowboy Philosophy, and public radioas favorite former large animal veterinarian, Baxter Black is back in the saddle with a hilarious new roundup of essays, commentaries, and campfire verse that speaks to the cowboy soul in us all. Drawn in part from Baxteras wildly popular NPR commentaries and syndicated columns, Horseshoes, Cowsocks a Duckfeet offers a generous helping of his tender yet irreverent, sage-as-sagebrush takes on everything from ranching, roping, Wrangler jeans, and rodeos to weddings and romance, the love of a good dog, dancing, parenting, cooking up trouble, and talking about the weather. If you havenat ridden with Baxter before, find out what more than a million dedicated fans are laughing about inside and outside the corral. And with the help of the glossary at the back of the book, youall soon be conversing in fluent cowboy. Illustrations by noted cowboy artists Bob Black, Don Gill, Dave Holl, and Charlie Marsh and a timely foreword by historic cowboy sympathizer Herman Melville will charm your chaps off. The world according to Baxter Black aIt is possible to drive from one end of the country to the other in your enclosed gas-powered cocoon and never smell air or touch dirt. However, on either side of the road, even in what appears to be desolate country, you can find homes, schools, roads, farms, and ranching communities thriving. And cowboys. Lots of aem! The only thing is, friends, you just canat see aem from the road!a aFrom aThe Cowboy Imagea aMarch is the castor oil of months. The collected drippings of winteras oil change. The epic flush of the accumulated compaction of salted streets, sanded roads, gravelly snow, and frozen manure. It has its own ides. But what ides are they? I can tell you: fungicide, blindside, cyanide, vilified, terrified, stupefied, snide, hide, lied, cried, died, back you up against the wall and leave you flat and down, afoot and weak, and chapped and squinty-eyed ides.a aFrom aMarch Madnessa aI have lived a fairly long time. I have been places. I have seen bears mate, boats sink, and Gila monsters scurry. I have danced till I couldnat stand up and stood up till I couldnat dance. Iave eaten bugs, broccoli, and things that crawl on the seafloor. I have seen as far back as Mayan temples, as far away as Betelgeuse, and as deep down as Tom Robbins. I have been on Johnny Carson, the cover of USA Today, and fed the snakes at the Dixie Chicken. I have held things in my hand that will be here a million years beyond my own existence. Yet, on that dance floor I felt a ripple in the universe, a time warp moment when the often unspectacular human race threw its head back and howled at the moon.a aFrom aCajun Dancea From the Hardcover edition.... way, in my pickup and was unloading a mere twenty-four bales of hay from the front section of my gooseneck stock trailer. ... The blue box is a metal toolbox I have had since I bought my first set of amade in Americaa wire cutters, thinking theyanbsp;...
|Title||:||Horseshoes, Cowsocks & Duckfeet|
|Publisher||:||Crown Archetype - 2007-12-18|