Friday, October 02, 2020

Billy the Kid: Chapter And Verse

 October 2, 2020

   Debating how many actual chapter heads there will be in the next Billy Book (BTKIII). Here are some of the contenders.

Chapter One: Kid Lost

   Oh, the stories he could have told. He traveled by wagon from New York to New Mexico but his boyhood adventures have been lost to history.

Chapter Two: The Lawman

   He rode with the Regulators seeking justice for the death of Tunstall.

Chapter Three: The Outlaw

   He stole horses and cattle and he even "passed the queer" (trafficked in counterfeit bills), but he never robbed a bank or a train.

Chapter Four: The Fugitive 

   He passed as a girl and hid out in sheep camps, but he still got a bullet in the heart.

Chapter Five: The Ladies Man

   He had more girlfriends on the creek than a little.

Chapter Six: The Legend

Chapter Seven:

The Dark Knight rises

   The first reaction to Billy the Kid's death was "good riddance," followed several years later by "Who remembers Billy the Kid?" But with the invention of the Good-Bad Boy by Walter Noble Burns, in 1924, you can draw a straight line from the Kid to James Dean, Marlon Brando, to Elvis, to Steve McQueen, Kurt Cobain and Charlie Sheen and Johnny Depp, Sid Vicious, Evel Knivel, Jim Morrison, Keith Richards. . .the list goes on and on.

“Writing is about a blank piece of paper and leaving out what’s not supposed to be there.”
— John Prine

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