Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Across Dunn County calves are being dehorned, vaccinated, castrated, and branded. Lambs are getting their tails docked and their ears tagged. Dads and moms are buying their one-year-olds tiny cowboy boots and western shirts. Gretchen Wilson and Toby Keith can be heard from any pickup within 50 miles. And three copies of Brokeback Mountain, the award-winning Western directed by Ang Lee, sit on the shelf in the Cenex convenience store . . . alone . . . and unwatched.

Out here, it's a sad-but-true fact that only Jesus himself would dare rent one. Digital leprosy, maybe? Even other DVDs are phobic. I swore I saw King Kong squirm to the far side of his skyscraper and Reese Witherspoon reach for her pocket bible.

"It's like that, and that's the way it is."
-Run-DMC (1983)

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