Horsing Around: Contemporary Cowboy Humor

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Lawrence Clayton, Mary Evelyn Collins, Kenneth W. Davis
Texas Tech University Press, Nov 1, 1998 - Fiction - 226 pages
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The tradition of storytelling and folklore reaches deeply into the American notion of national identity, and among the more prominent emblems of American culture stands the cowboy. Despite the attempts to modernize the cowboy of our frontier past, today's mounted horsemen have learned how to adapt to a rapidly changing world—while tenaciously holding on to their heritage. Tall tales and yarns make up a great amount of the folklore of this literary tradition, yet woven throughout such stories stir an American mixture of humor, wisdom, and philosophy. In Horsing Around, Clayton, Davis, and Collins draw upon the vast amount of anecdotes portraying the lighter side of working on the range. The collected vignettes in Horsing Around will provide the collector of Texana greater accessibility to stories that are often told only at public performances.
 

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Contents

From the Horses Mouth Cowboy Writers
9
Curt Brummett
10
How Not to Get Rich Quick
11
The Good Jobs I Always Get
14
Old Tom Was a Good Old Cat
18
Theres Ample Fun for All
21
Good Groceries and Clean Dishes
25
Do Gooders Dont Always Do That Much Good
29
Lawrence Clayton
F-10
The Bull and the Motorboat
F-11
A Night Out in Austin
F-12
The Bulldozed Tree and the Bronc
F-13
Wintertime Wrecks
F-14
An Aborted Cowboy Courtship
F-16
It Was a Big Bunch of Bull
F-17
If You Can Catch It Ill Ride It
F-19

Summer Cowboys Sometimes Welcome Advent of Autumn
35
Wild Cattle
38
Boxing Gloves Are Cheaper than a Broken Hand
42
A Bitter Lesson
46
The Devil in Texas
55
Paul Patterson
59
Night Horse Nightmare
60
Rags to Riches to Rags
66
The Texan That Thunk Small
69
Hits Tough Bein a Texan
73
Well Well Well
76
The Vanishing Breed
81
Crossbred Stew
82
Hello Im from the Government Im Here to Help You
83
The Cow Committee
84
A Rider a Roper and a Helluva Windmill Man
85
In Defense of the Chicken
87
The Oyster
88
The 2 Hairball
89
Sam Brown
92
When Cowboys Sniff a Cork
93
Dear Mister Hollywood Movie Producer
96
A Worthless Old Cow
98
Dear Larry King
F-1
The Wages of Sin
F-5
What Would You Say?
F-7
Collectors Item
F-9
Some Still Drink
F-20
Some Cowboy Revenge
F-21
The Dynamited Dog
F-23
MilkPen Humor
F-24
A Cowboy Joke
F-26
Cowboy Tall Tales
F-27
A Rose by Any Other Name Some Cowboy Nicknames
F-30
Singing the Bare Body Electric in Texas Ranching Country
F-35
A Texas Cusser in the Twentieth Century
F-41
Persuaded to Piety
F-46
What You Dont Know Wont Hurt You
F-50
John R Erickson
F-53
Thoroughbreds
F-54
The Mad Hatter
F-55
Republican to the Death
F-56
LBJ Was Here
F-57
Confessions of a Cowdog
F-58
Belles Lettres
F-63
Elmer Kelton
F-64
The Coyote Hunt
F-65
Benjamin Capps
F-72
Carolyn Osborn
F-86
Afterword
F-105
Glossary
F-115
Selected Bibliography
F-119
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Clayton is dean of the college of Arts and Sciences at Hardin-Simmons University.

Collins-Asso. Prof of communication at Sam Houston State University

Kenneth W. Davis, Ph.D., has conducted training and consulting for businesses and governments on four continents. A member of the boards of directors of both the Association for Business Communication and the Association of Professional Communication Consultants, Davis has authored or coauthored several influential books on business communication and writing, including Writing: Process, Product, and Power and Business Communication for the Information Age.

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