Bourbon Cowboy

The adventures of an urbane bar-hopping transplant to New York.

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Location: New York, New York, United States

I'm a storyteller in the New York area who is a regular on NPR's "This American Life" and at shows around the city. Moved to New York in 2006 and am working on selling a memoir of my years as a greeting card writer, and (as a personal, noncommercial obsession) a nonfiction book called "How to Love God Without Being a Jerk." My agent is Adam Chromy at Artists and Artisans. If you came here after hearing about my book on "This American Life" and Googling my name, the "How to Love God" book itself isn't in print yet, and may not even see print in its current form (I'm focusing on humorous memoir), but here's a sample I've posted in case you're curious anyway: Sample How To Love God Introduction, Pt. 1 of 3. Or just look through the archives for September 18, 2007.) The book you should be expecting is the greeting card book, about which more information is pending. Keep checking back!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Dogs and Goats! Riding Each Other!

While I was skimming through the New International Second several months ago in search of weird words to write poems about, I ran across the following phrase, which was new to me:

ride the goat. To be initiated into a secret society; --from the idea that a goat is sometimes used in the proceedings.

I couldn't come up with a poem about it, but the phrase stayed in my head for obvious and disturbing reasons.

Today, under similarly random circumstances, I wound up reading about Mr. Cassius Coolidge, the artist who created the original "dogs playing poker" series back in the 1870s-1880s. And I found THIS picture:

It's called "Riding the Goat." Dear god. I can already feel the nightmares brewing.

P.S. If you can't see the picture on your browser, here's the link to Click on Gallery, then on Cassius Coolidge. Try not to look directly at the screen.



Blogger Jason Rohrblogger said...

What's wrong with a little dog-on-goat action?

12/07/2006 1:07 PM  
Blogger Cowboy Dave Dickerson said...

Ask Rick Santorum.

12/11/2006 9:57 PM  

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