23 October 2006

Exhuming the remains of Billy the Kid

Famous American outlaws inspire fascination we all want to condemn. We want to condemn them because we know there were real people (who we don’t remember) that were victimized by these ‘legends.’ It seems we realize this without wanting to really acknowledge it. Our culture edges right up to the line of fascination that borders on praise, but then restrains in the name of good taste. I suppose we have always been this way – Why?

“If one can't be a great artist or a great soldier, the next best thing is to be a great criminal.” Edgar Jepson and Maurice Leblanc

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