Tuesday, August 02, 2005

What defines the current model of the "Cowboy"? If you study the history of the pop culture cowboy, he morphs with each passing generation. From the colorful Buffalo Bill Cody to the robust Teddy Roosevelt to the family man Roy Rogers to the pissed off John Wayne to the sociopathic Clint Eastwood to the thoughtful but boring Kevin Costner, the "cowboy" mutates. He's always the rugged individualist, though.

The best parts of the true cowboy code, in my opinion, revolve around the quest for liberty, fairness, kindness, and the love of nature.

This week I will explore this fellow known as Cowboy.

Ya feel me?


Anonymous said...

Erm... where does everyone's favorite cowboy George B. fit?
;-) ivee

Anonymous said...

yes, i would like to feel you.

Anonymous said...

what about the boots? and the hat? and the denim and leather?

Anonymous said...

cow·boy ( P ) Pronunciation Key (kouboi)
A hired man, especially in the western United States, who tends cattle and performs many of his duties on horseback. Also called cowman, cowpoke, cowpuncher, also called regionally buckaroo, vaquero, waddy2. See Regional Note at vaquero.
An adventurous hero.
Slang. A reckless person, such as a driver, pilot, or manager, who ignores potential risks.

But to William Gibson author of Cyberpunk, cowboy may have entirely other meaning...

Anonymous said...

it's all relative.

I'm dating a Sicilian, and every night that we play pool at our favorite bar he insists on playing "Save a horse, Ride a cowboy" and doing a little lasso dance around the pool table,
and I say, "Bartolo, you are NO sort of cowboy." and he gets very indignant, puts his imaginary lasso away, and says "Amore mio! Si! Me ITALIAN cowboy."
Apparently, in Italy at least, it's a state of mind.

is Love's Hangover Sale II ready to go yet? I'm jonesing for some new Sandman.