The Best Western Novels from The Western Writers of America

AS a kid who read westerns in the 1950’s I have to say my preference is for the older novelists like Zane Grey, Jack London and more recently Louis L’Amour but then again Monte Walsh by Jack Schaefer is possibly my most reread western novel.

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 Best Westerns of the 20th Century

The Western Writers of America (WWA) had issued the lists of the Best Westerns twice before; in 1985 and again in 1995, both times with similar results in several areas. However, around the year 2000 the WWA felt it was time to reprise the Best Western Survey.  They brought together a panel of fifty-five individuals from twenty-two states and one Canadian province provided them with their votes for the best work and authors of the 20th century. On the lists were 83 authors, 112 novels, 122 nonfiction books, 86 films, 64 short stories, 41 television series, and 22 television mini-series. All of the lists can be viewed at:   Listed below are 18 of the Best Western Novels… not in any order of distinction:

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old dispossessed Texan, crosses the Rio Grande into Mexico in 1949, accompanied by his…

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Aboriginal Health and #CDP Debate : Download Senate Report : Are Aboriginal voices finally being heard on #CDP failure

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts

  ” The inquiry heard the voices of Indigenous CDP participants, their organisations and other concerned Australians and revealed the deep-seated flaws with this top-down, punitive and discriminatory program.

Finally, our concerns have been heard.

APO NT has put considerable effort into developing an alternative to the CDP (APO NT alternative to CDP).  

 We are extremely pleased that the committee has recognized this Indigenous-led work and drawn on many key elements of the APO NT proposal.

John Paterson, from APO NT See full press release Part 1

The Senate inquiry report released last week  into the fraught Community Development Program (CDP) calls for a total overhaul of the unfair CDP system

DownloadSenate CDP report 2017

“Labor is deeply disappointed with Minister Scullion’s response to the Senate Inquiry into the Community Development Program (CDP).

Labor secured the Inquiry into the CDP in March after communities across…

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From Net Neutrality to the Net’s New Reality


There is a chance that this page took quite a while to load. Or that this particular site is now taking longer to load than it did in the past. There’s also a chance that it loaded at the same rate as it normally does, but that this time next week it will be loading much slower. There’s even a chance that this site has been blocked – which raises the question of how you’re even reading it. Of course, there’s a chance that it’s loading at the same rate that it normally loads because you’ve signed on, through your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for some manner of expensive package that this site is somehow lumped in with. And, there is also the chance that you have come to this site from one of the countries in the world where it’s already common for some sites to load more slowly…

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Autism and the Complication of the Disability/Impairment Binary

Autistic Academic

One of the “main ideas” in disability studies is the concept that “disability,” or marginalization in the social sphere, is distinct from “impairment,” or medical limitations.  “Disability” becomes the category for things that prevent differently-bodied/differently-brained people from participating in “normal” society, like a lack of curb cuts or intolerance for alternative communication styles like typing or sign language – things that are understood to be changeable (and thus to be the fault of society for not changing).  “Impairment,” by contrast, typically describes the underlying body/brain difference that makes the disability relevant, like lower-limb paralysis (thus a need for curb cuts) or deafness (thus a need for communication alternatives to spoken/heard language).

A lot of critics and activists like this distinction.  It allows them to advocate for changes without tangling with messy ideas, like challenging our cultural 1:1 correlation between body/brain function and economic value.  Getting a curb cut installed feels…

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Poor Family


The family of these 3 boys who come to our school live in a very pathetic condition. I have never heard their story in the way I was able to hear it today. Their mother Roselyne Nambuye born 1977 has a total of 9 children and she is expecting again the 10th child. Apart from her 2 elder children who also have children all the others plus one grand-child live in the same 10 x 10 ft room.

The poor lady is completely illiterate. According to her, their father died when they were very young and so they were unable to go to school. She then was forced to get married at an early age but her first husband who is the father to her 6 elder children molested her and send her packing before she fled from her rural home to come in the city to look for a…

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Broken Light: A Photography Collective


Please welcome first-time contributor James, a long-term sufferer of mental illness from London who was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. James believes in the power of talking and that it’s linked with bringing awareness and healing to the sufferer. He is open about his dealings with mental illness and tries to subtly carry this visual into his work. He is a creative person and dipped his toes into many facets including music, film and creative writing before settling into photography. James is a plumber by day who lives with his wife, daughter, cat & dog.

About this photo: “This image is from a recent photoshoot I did entitled ‘Disconnect’.
I wanted to bring to life how I feel every day; disconnected from humanity and at times afraid of people and wanting to be left alone. But also the intrigue and desire to be included in society, even though my…

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Living well in the technosocial world – a review of Shannon Vallor’s Technology and the Virtues


When new technologies are unveiled the conversation is usually dominated by excited comments regarding all of the things for which these newfangled devices or platforms will be good. This new smartphone will be better for taking pictures than any phone to have come before it, this social media platform will make it even easier to share things with your friends and family, this Internet of Things home assistant will make it a snap to order groceries, and the list goes on. New technologies invite would be users to think of what those devices will do for them, but rarely ask the same users to consider what those devices will do to them. Yet, what is often missing from the discussion of all of the ways in which a given technology is good, is a serious consideration of the ways in which this technology impacts our conception of the good.


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