both for the interview and for providing a heads-up about the book which for anyone interested in the subject sounds like a must-read. Apparently it's been available for a couple months now, but I had no idea.
Good podcast. I only wish that you had asked James about his opinion of Michael Ondaatje's "The Collected Works of Billy the Kid," a volume, however slim, that is part of my personal "canon."
I have to say that James's remark about the "Live Fast, Die Young & Leave a Good-looking Corpse" through-line from Bonney to James Dean to Kobain strikes me as spot-on. It is true enough that there were others whose fact-based Old West profile, so to say, far outstrips Mr. McCarty's, but there can be no question that his is among the most mythologically iconic, just as Dean's and Cobain's similarly are in their respective fields of endeavor and for much the same reason.
It sounds like James's book has broken new ground, especially with respect to the "Hispanic angle," and I cannot wait to read it for that reason if no other. And he is correct, 700+ pages is not all that intimidating. That said, the University of North Texas Press is to be commended for its willingness to publish a volume of that length, especially these days.
James remarked that his interest in the Kid began with the 1990 film "Young Guns II," some 32 years ago now. I believe that I may eclipse him on that score as my own began with the recently deceased Clu Gulager's (what a terrific name!) portrayal of the Kid in the 1960 TV series "The Tall Man." But then, I am old, not old enough to have been around for the 1926 publication of Walter Noble Burn's "Saga," perhaps, but plenty old enough all the same.
Again, thanks for the posting. Greatly appreciated.
My latest podcast with James B. Mills about his new book, Billy the Kid is on ITunes now. Tap on the link to listen. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/james-b-mills-his-story/id1392269011?i=1... more
Mike, Very very good impressive interview with James Mills. Glad he dug deep into the San Patricio connection. I like his speaking style! Most Podcasts hold my attention for about 5-10 min, I may listen... more
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