Like so many intellectuals and pseudo-intellectuals (the Cowboy being firmly in the latter category), the Cowboy is slowly plowing his way through 2666.  Tonight, frustrated after trying unsuccessfully to complete a long post that he has been working on for more than a few days, he sat down to read a few pages of the “labyrinth”, as Eliza Honey at the New Yorker Book Blog calls it, before going to bed.


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Joshua Wolf Shenk has an article in the June issue of The Atlantic (available online now) that provides an overview of the Grant Study, a project to determine success factors by following a group of the most promising young men researchers could find as they made their way through life.  The young men in question were Harvard students whom researchers identified as being the most likely to succeed in life based on conventional standards at the time.  The study has been proceeding for over 70 years.


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The Cowboy fell off his horse.

It’s funny how one’s vantage point can change one’s perspective.  Atop your steed, the world is understandable, the view commanding, the work hard, but manageable.  If you fall off, particularly if you believe yourself to be an accomplished rider, the view changes.  What was once simple is now difficult.

You are hurt.  Your horse has wandered off.  You’ve probably been unconscious for a few minutes.  You are disoriented.  You are alone.


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Le Rouge Et Le Noir

The Cowboy had the opportunity to speak with the Managing Editor of  The Economist this week; he even had his picture taken with him.  You can see the photograph of us at the end of this post.


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How Do You Think?

This poem has been a favorite of the Cowboy since he was 14.  It spoke to him, his strengths and his desires – all in a tidy, slightly silly package.

“Think as I think,” said a man,
“Or you are abominably wicked;
You are a toad.”
And after I had thought of it,
I said, “I will then, be a toad.

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

Here’s to toads, princes and cowboys.  May all of our wishes come true.  May we be who we dreamt of being.  And may we be strong enough to be ourselves.

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A New Door To Open

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Roses In Spring

Simon said he wasn’t surprised by Susan Boyle, the Scottish woman who has taken Britain and the world by storm.

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Do you remember the man who DID surprise Simon?


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Cowboy Sol

One of the Cowboy’s earliest and deepest memories – a recurring theme that has played throughout the Cowboy’s life – is a piece of music by the Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo.

The Cowboy has much to say about this piece, but for the moment, let’s just focus on the bridge.


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Finale: Enough Already

Part 6

Cogito ergo


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Cheat Sheet

The Cowboy is cheating on today’s post.  In fact, it’s really not a post.  It’s just an explanatory exposition.  You might even call it – well, you know, a ____  ____.

Here you go.

Published in: on April 6, 2009 at 19:31  Comments Off on Cheat Sheet