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On Anxiety, Writing, and Taking the Nature Cure - Catapult
The nature or “West cure” was developed in the nineteenth century to treat men with anxiety. Women were sent to bed.
travel  nature  thewest  anxiety  westcure 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Putting Cowboys — and Their Industry — in True Historical Context - The New York Times
In the 1870s, there was no faster way to fortune than to set up as a cattle baron in the American West. Or so the boosters promised. “Cattle is one of those investments men cannot pay too much for,” one promoter declared, since the worst that could happen was that the animals would “multiply, replenish and grow out of a bad bargain.”
theamericanwest  thewest  cowboys  cattle  nonfiction  books  christopherknowlton  history 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
In Living Color: The Forgotten 19th-Century Photo Technology that Romanticized A...
Every few centuries, someone rediscovers America. After the first humans arrived from Asia roughly 15,000 years ago, Vikings touched down in Newfoundland in the year 1000. Half a millennium later, Christopher Columbus spotted a small island in what is now the Bahamas, and in 1769, Gaspar de Portolà was the first European to gaze upon San Francisco Bay, whose indigenous people had remained hidden behind a thick wall of fog throughout most of America’s Colonial era.
collectorsweekly  photography  history  america  thewest 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Horsemen, Goodbye
THOUGHTS ON THE GRADUAL MARCH OF CIVILITY AND URBAN SPRAWL ACROSS THE LOST FRONTIER.
texasmonthly  larrymcmurtry  texas  literature  writing  thewest 
may 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Greetings From Williston, North Dakota
In recession-strapped America, Williston, North Dakota, may be some kind of paradise: a town where oil jobs are plentiful, lap dances are cheap, and desperate - possibly meth-addicted - men can change their luck. On the loose in the new Wild West.
thewest  economy  recession  oil  northdakota  mensjournal 
july 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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