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Good Read – The Sisters Brothers

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The Sisters Brothers
by Patrick deWitt

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With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable comic tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of characters–losers, cheaters, and ne’er-do-wells from all stripes of life–and told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humor, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.

Matt Markgraf says:

I read this on the spurs from this year’s great western flicks: True Grit and Cowboys vs. Aliens. The Sisters Brothers is a sharp-tongued, gallows humor bloodbath that goes down smooth and strong like fine brandy. It’s Quentin Tarantino absurdism, following around Charles and Eli Sisters, two hired gunslingers on a mission to hunt down Herman Kermit Warm. I was often shocked by the brothers’ punishing sense of justice and judgment, yet I found myself nodding along, ensnared by the not so fair-handed reasoning of Eli Sisters. The Wild West was a free-for-all and the Sisters had an oddly charming way of collecting their entitlements. The emotion and action in this story is finely, finely tuned. You will hate the brothers, love them and most of all be absolutely riveted by the story’s poignancy.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

August 24, 2011 at 11:59 am

Datebook: August 24 – Treaty of Cordoba signed 190 years ago, prefacing Mexican independence

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The Treaty of Córdoba established Mexican independence from Spain at the conclusion of the Mexican War of Independence. It was signed on August 24, 1821 in Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico. It’s the first document in which Spanish and Mexican officials accept the liberty of what will become the First Mexican Empire. In the treaty, New Spain is recognized as an independent empire, which is defined as “monarchical, constitutional and moderate.”

It’s Wednesday, August 24

The MSU Department of Music presents the University of Kentucky’s director of guitar studies Dieter Hennings, in concert tomorrow night at 7:30. Hennings’ program is open to the public in Performing Arts Hall on the 2nd Floor of the Old Fine Arts Building.

The Humane Society of Calloway County seeks pictures for its 2012 Pet Calendar. See Entries accepted through e-mail, regular mail, or in person to the Humane Society office in the Weaks Center on Poplar Street in Murray. Entries are due by next Wednesday, August 31. For more call 270-759-1884.

Through September 25, learn about the farmer’s rebellion named The Black Patch Tobacco War at Adsmore House and Gardens in Princeton. This large civil uprising in our region happened after the War Between the States when farmers fought the monopolistic activities of the “Duke Trust.” Adsmore House and Gardens is at 304 North Jefferson, open Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 4 and Sunday 1:30 to 4.

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the morning cram [virtual money edition]

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A money used by no government, that’s not tangible, backed only by those who use it. Can it work?

NPR reports Bitcoin could be the money of the future, existing only in the virtual universe. And it can’t be messed up by politicians.

Kentucky~ Hopkins County librarians got that money. The Christian County Jail is broke. Paducah’s building inspector has passed away. Holly Patreus makes her return to Fort Campbell.

Illinois~ The state will try a Health Care Exchange with help.