Shortly after the 'Son of the Morning Star' television mini series in 1991, a new interest was generated in the book. When a new edition was released the dust jacket had an image of Gary Cole dressed as Lt. Colonel Custer. I just happened to be at the Crow Agency doing some research the night of the television series presentation. I watched the series with some of my Crow friends. I remember talking to a descendant of "White Man Runs Him" and an another Crow Historian. From what I remember the book and the mini series was mostly well received at the Crow Agency. That was when I learned that the Crow word for 'arrogance' was the same word for 'ignorance'. That term is why Custer was referred to by the Crow Scouts. Custer's only use of his Crow Scouts was as Trackers. Custer would have been wise to also use his Crow Scouts as military advisors. The Crows were ancestral adversaries of the Lakota and the Northern Cheyenne tribes. The Crows knew how and when to fight, they know how to assess the size of an enemy by their tracks. The Crows Scouts told Custer the size of the enemy encampment but Custer had no use of his Scouts as military advisors. In summary: (arrogance) + (ignorance) = Death.
I had no idea. Terrific stuff. As a rule, I'm an abstract guy myself, but those images of Baskin's do resonate with me. When I first glimpsed the Custer image on the original hardback "Son of" cover, ... more
In his 2008 NYRB review of Custerology, Larry McMurty has this to say:
"Three times in the past twenty years I’ve been asked to write a book about Custer and the Little Bighorn, and each time I’ve ... more
I was going to ask you. Apparently it was a 30-page consideration of Mister McCarty Bonney Kid. Do not know what became of it. (Are McConnell's papers archived at a university or historical society so... more
Thanks. Did not know about Ondaatje's Billy saga, and to further expose my literary blinkers, that he wrote The English Patient. Good grief, this Google fellow I obviously just consulted is ... more
Ondaatje was savaged by a certain nationalist element in Canada for having the temerity to write about "American" subjects. Apparently Canada was peculiarly insular--and insecure--about its literary c... more
Canada is...well, Canada. Overrated by many. While Canada may appear to be a sort of idiot relative of ours, she got her land the same way we got ours - by taking it from them who had it first. Lift t... more
At least about the "similar kind of dirt," though if Canada can be characterized as "a sort of idiot relative of ours," I am happy to raise high a glass to idiocy.
As someone who reads his fair sha... more
I do admire Trudeau's willingness to go full blackface at a moment's notice. And also like us, Canada interred their Japanese citizens during WW2, for their own good, of course. They also keep the nat... more
This I did not know. Leonard Baskin's mournful, seated Custer was originally a 1968 National Park Service poster:
I cant stand to read that Custer was ignorant. That just is not very well informed. He is still the youngest general in history at 23 and maj general 25. Recognized by Sherman, Sheridan, McClellan ... more