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Cottonwood

by Scott Phillips

If Bill Ogden is a typical Westerner and Cottonwood a typical Kansas town - then a million books and films have lied! Read this for its wonderful black humour and its sadly inevitable feeling that we are all losers: except maybe Bill, who can always fall back on his collection of porn - in its original Latin and Greek.

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The first card was a crudely mounted pair from which Paul Lowry's dead eyes, their vitreous darkened with blood, stared back at me from beyond the pale alongside his hapless, anonymous prisoner, both of them hanging from the rafter as pathetically as on the night they died: it was one of the most sublime images I'd ever put to glass.

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The Battle of Pollock's Crossing by J L Carr
Fargo - the film
Sunset and Sawdust by Joe R Lansdale
 

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