Hunting Buffalo with Bent Nails

A collection of magazine articles, essays, and book introductions written by author Lawrence Block.

Author: Lawrence Block


ISBN: 1393063624

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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While he is probably best known as a novelist and short-story writer, Lawrence Block has produced a rich trove of nonfiction over the course of a sixty-year career. His instructional books for writers are leaders in the field, and his self-described pedestrian memoir, Step By Step, has found a loyal audience in the running and racewalking community. Over the years, Block has written extensively for magazines and periodicals. Generally Speaking collects his philatelic columns from Linn's Stamp News, while his extensive observations of crime fiction, along with personal glimpses of some of its foremost practitioners, have won wide acclaim in book form as The Crime of Our Lives. Hunting Buffalo With Bent Nails is what he's got left over. The title piece, originally published in American Heritage, recounts the ongoing adventure Block and his wife undertook, criss-crossing the United States and parts of Canada in their quixotic and exotic quest to find every "village, hamlet, and wide place in the road named Buffalo." Other travel tales share space with a remembrance of his mother, odes to New York, a disquisition on pen names and book tours, and, well, no end of bent nails not worth straightening. Where else will you find "Raymond Chandler and the Brasher Doubloon," an assessment of that compelling writer from a numismatic standpoint? Where else can you read about Block's collection of old subway cars? Highly recommended.

Custer Cody and Grand Duke Alexis

Historical Archaeology of the Royal Buffalo Hunt Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed, Stephen Damm. Machinecut nails or“square” nails,socalled because of their tapered squareshafts, formthe bulk ofthecollection fromCamp Alexis.

Author: Douglas D. Scott

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806148892

Category: History

Page: 226

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On a chilly January morning in 1872, a special visitor arrived by train in North Platte, Nebraska. Grand Duke Alexis of Russia had already seen the cities and sights of the East—New York, Washington, and Niagara Falls—and now the young nobleman was about to enjoy a western adventure: a grand buffalo hunt. His host would be General Philip Sheridan, and the excursion would include several of the West’s most iconic characters: George Armstrong Custer, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Spotted Tail of the Brulé Sioux. The Royal Buffalo Hunt, as this event is now called, has become a staple of western lore. Yet incorrect information and misconceptions about the excursion have prevented a clear understanding of what really took place. In this fascinating book, Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed, and Stephen Damm combine archaeological and historical research to offer an expansive and accurate portrayal of this singular diplomatic event. The authors focus their investigation on the Red Willow Creek encampment site, now named Camp Alexis, the party’s only stopping place along the hunt trail that can be located with certainty. In addition to physical artifacts, the authors examine a plethora of primary accounts—such as railroad timetables, invitations to balls and dinners, even sheet music commemorating the visit—to supplement the archaeological evidence. They also reference documents from the Russian State Archives previously unavailable to researchers, as well as recently discovered photographs that show the layout and organization of the camp. Weaving all these elements together, their account constitutes a valuable product of the interdisciplinary approach known as microhistory.

From Warrior to Judge the Biography of Wahshashowahtinega Bill Nixon Hapashutsy of the Osage Tribe 1843 to 1917

They had been married for two years and Mary was expecting when Yenglenka died during a buffalo hunt in 1842 when ... They fished the Neosho River nearby with cane poles using horse hair for fishing line and small bent nails for hooks.

Author: Guy Nixon

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781479714346

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 122

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Born of mixed blood parents Bill's father died before he was born from a buffalo hunting accident. Adopted by his mothers new husband he would be educated and grow to be an Osage Warrior to fight for the rights of Native Americans and his families very survival. He would eventually be commissioned a Second Lieutenant and serve in the Army of General Stand Watie fighting for citizenship, Congressional Representation and the right to live in freedom. As Native Americans they were denied American Citizenship and the right to vote and even after the American Civil War they could still be legally owned as slaves. After the war he would work hard in the reconstruction of his people's homeland giving rise to the Osage Nation. Serving in law enforcement he would rise to become a judge. In his lifetime he went from participating on the buffalo hunts of his people to driving automobiles and the wonders of flight. However, the rights he and his fellow warriors fought for would not be achieved until his Great grandson was nearly 17 years old in 1948 when the last objective (the right to vote) would finally be achieved. His story is an American story, rarely told about the Native Americans from the Indian Territory now known as Oklahoma. A comprehensive work that brings the history to life with family pictures and the actual events that shaped America as we know it today.

The Buffalo Hunters

So they were no better off , with Chapman's knee swollen thick as a nail keg , and the wounds of the others inflamed , still alone in ... Before he was out of Kansas the Southern Cheyennes had killed a surveying crew on Crooked Creek .

Author: Mari Sandoz

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803258836

Category: History

Page: 372

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In 1867 the total number of buffaloes in the trans-Missouri region was conservatively estimated at fifteen million. By the end of the 1880s that figure had dwindled to a few hundred. The destruction of the great herds is the theme of this book. Mari Sandoz's canvas is vast, but it is charged with color and excitement—accounts of Indian ambushes, hairbreadth escapes, gambling and gunfights, military expeditions, famous frontier characters (Wild Bill Hickok, Lonesome Charlie Reynolds, Buffalo Bill, Sheridan, Custer, and Indian Chiefs Whistler, Yellow Wolf, Spotted Tail, and Sitting Bull).

Tough as Nails

His turn as the morally twisted Charley was far removed from the stiff, glowering, one-dimensional performances he ... Taylor is at his best in the film when a day of shooting one buffalo after another turns into an orgy of death for ...

Author: Douglass K. Daniel

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299251239

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 249

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Called “God’s angry man” for his unyielding demands in pursuit of personal and artistic freedom, Oscar-winning filmmaker Richard Brooks brought us some of the mid-twentieth century’s most iconic films, including Blackboard Jungle, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Elmer Gantry, In Cold Blood, and Looking for Mr. Goodbar. “The important thing,” he once remarked, “is to write your story, to make it believable, to make it live.” His own life story has never been fully chronicled, until now. Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks restores to importance the career of a prickly iconoclast who sought realism and truth in his films. Douglass K. Daniel explores how the writer-director made it from the slums of Philadelphia to the heights of the Hollywood elite, working with the top stars of the day, among them Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Simmons, Sidney Poitier, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, and Diane Keaton. Brooks dramatized social issues and depicted characters in conflict with their own values, winning an Academy Award for his Elmer Gantry screenplay and earning nominations for another seven Oscars for directing and screenwriting. Tough as Nails offers illuminating insights into Brooks’s life, drawing on unpublished studio memos and documents and interviews from stars and colleagues, including Poitier, director Paul Mazursky, and Simmons, who was married to Brooks for twenty years. Daniel takes readers behind the scenes of Brooks’s major films and sheds light on their making, their compromises, and their common threads. Tough as Nails celebrates Brooks’s vision while adding to the critical understanding of his works, their flaws as well as their merits, and depicting the tumults and trends in the life of a man who always kept his own compass. Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians Outstanding Book, selected by the Public Library Reviewers

A Crow s Jamboree

“He couldn't come, Mama,” Helice exclaimed. “He's out west hunting buffalo.” “Buffalo!” Vivian exclaimed. ... Vivian bowed her head and stared sadly at the mottled skin and arthritic bones of the hands folded in her lap. Her nails were ...

Author: Peter Helmberger

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781401045616

Category: Fiction

Page: 276

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Heroes of the Santa Fe Trail 1821 1900

Buffalo Bill Cody used this method when hunting for the railroad to supply the crews with meat. This tactic worked fine, ... It is for this reason that the Bents of Bent's Fort, Colorado, traded with Indians for buffalo hides.

Author: Randy Smith

Publisher: Bitingduck Press LLC

ISBN: 9781932482317

Category: Electronic books

Page: 137

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""Heroes of the Santa Fe Trail "is the product of decades of primary research by a writer who has lived all of his life in the shadow the Trail s legacy. This book tells the dramatic story of the men and women Hispanic, Anglo, and Native American who settled the West and provides insights not commonly found elsewhere. From the Hispanic Jaramillo and Chavez families of the Rio Grande Valley to the legacy of Ham Bell, a nonviolent man who made more arrests than any Dodge City lawman, "Heroes " relates the violent, comic, and often tragic adventures of the pioneers of the early Santa Fe Trail. Boson Books offers several exciting novels by Randy Smith about the Old West. For an author bio, photo, and a sample read visit "

Paul Kane s Great Nor West

After the tent was pitched and the cooking pot was on the fire, it was still light enough for Kane to take out his oils and turpentine and commemorate his pursuit of the buffalo hunters and his evening on the plain of roses.

Author: Sheila Urbanek

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774841832

Category: Art

Page: 176

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In this beautifully designed and richly illustrated book, Diane Eaton and Sheila Urbanek re-create Paul Kane's heroic journey across Canada and bring to life the people, places, and events he experienced. Determined to document the lives and customs of the Indians of the Northwest, Paul Kane set out in 1845 to cross the continent 'with no companions but my portfolio and a box of paints, my gun and a stock of ammunition.' Travelling via the Hudson's Bay Company fur brigade routes, he made his way from the Great Lakes to the Pacific coast and back again. When he returned to Toronto in the fall of 1848, he brought back some 500 field sketches as well as a remarkable collection of Indian 'curiosities,' which he used as raw material for one hundred oil paintings depicting scenes of Indian life. While the carefully executed oil paintings are deliberately romanticized images of the west, the original field sketches convey Kane's immediate impressions and offer tantalizing glimpses of what he describes as the 'wild scenes amongst which I strayed almost alone.' A fascinating complement to the sketches is contained in a small diary Kane kept while on his journey -- brief and plainspoken, these entries were jotted down in his own idiosyncratic spelling and punctuation. Illustrated with a wide selection of the field sketches as well as his better-known oil paintings, this book reintroduces this remarkable artist to a modern audience.

A Canadian Childhood

We expected people at Fur Skin Camp to be hunters who would come home with deer, elk or moose every night, ... I placed the axe that we'd brought from the woodpile, a hammer, and a tin of bent, salvaged nails carefully down on the ...

Author: Carolyn D. Redl

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781460288337

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Carolyn D. Redl's memoir of growing up on a northern Saskatchewan farm in the 1940s and ’50s captures, in the vivid memories of one girl, a way of life that is a vital part of Canada’s social history. But it is much more than a recollection of rural life. A Canadian Childhood is, above all, a beautifully realized coming-of-age story, the story of a girl with an adventurous and restless spirit in an era when women’s roles were just starting to become less restricted. Alongside the colourful details of everyday life—skiing to school, collecting magpie eggs for bounty, going “swimming” in a frigid snow-melt pond—are the struggles she experiences as she tries to find her place in the world. Raised in a warm and loving family, she is nevertheless painfully aware that her father longs for a boy to help work the farm. Going to the one-room farm school becomes an ordeal with the constant threat of bullying. The welcome move to town for high school is coupled with the humiliation of having to live in a garage. Through it all, the question of her future looms as she confronts the lure of the horizon. Richly detailed and deftly told, A Canadian Childhood will be enjoyed not just as a fascinating snapshot of history, but as a moving, honest, and courageous life story.

Hunting the Grisly and Other Sketches

We bent our steps toward these trails, and no sooner had we reached the first than the old hunter bent over it with ... never tell that the buffalo might not see us, if they happened to be lying in some place with a commanding lookout.

Author: Theodore Roosevelt

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783732666676

Category: Fiction

Page: 136

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Reproduction of the original: Hunting the Grisly and Other Sketches by Theodore Roosevelt

Comanche Ethnography

... with her nails. Medicine: Curing: Harelip or Twisted Limbs Kill a crow, pound the fresh meat with brains, rub this on the afflicted part. Medicine: puhakatû Conquers Buffalo Bull A puhakatû was out hunting buffalo with his brothers.

Author: Thomas W. Kavanagh

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803220454

Category: Social Science

Page: 542

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In the summer of 1933 in Lawton, Oklahoma, a team of six anthropologists met with eighteen Comanche elders to record the latter?s reminiscences of traditional Comanche culture. The depth and breadth of what the elderly Comanches recalled provides an inestimable source of knowledge for generations to come, both within and beyond the Comanche community. This monumental volume makes available for the first time the largest archive of traditional cultural information on Comanches ever gathered by American anthropologists. Much of the Comanches? earlier world is presented here?religious stories, historical accounts, autobiographical remembrances, cosmology, the practice of war, everyday games, birth rituals, funerals, kinship relations, the organization of camps, material culture, and relations with other tribes. Thomas W. Kavanagh tracked down all known surviving notes from the Santa Fe Laboratory field party and collated and annotated the records, learning as much as possible about the Comanche elders who spoke with the anthropologists and, when possible, attributing pieces of information to the appropriate elders. In addition, this volume includes Robert H. Lowie?s notes from his short 1912 visit to the Comanches. The result stands as a legacy for both Comanches and those interested in learning more about them.

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The Great Shark Hunt

If that treacherous fist-fucker ever comes back to life, he'll wish we'd had the good sense to nail him up on a frozen ... will not wither for lack of bulletins, warnings and other twisted rumors of the latest Brown Buffalo sightings.

Author: Hunter S. Thompson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743250450

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 602

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Brings together a selection of the legendary American journalist's articles on subjects ranging from the Super Bowl to Watergate, from Hemingway to Brando, and from sharks to drugs.

Buffalo Jones Forty Years of Adventure

The Indians also desired bullets with which to hunt musk - oxen . ... Then I attached another cord to the doorlatch , passed it under a bent nail just above the latch , then stood behind the revolver and pulled the cord .

Author: Charles Jesse Jones


ISBN: STANFORD:36105041643144

Category: American bison

Page: 469

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The story of the amazing Charles Jesse Jones who helped saved the buffalo from extinction.

In the City of Shy Hunters

They're dancing over at Buffalo Lodge. You coming along? The metal echo sound. Charlie pushed down on the lid of the milk can with both hands, then sat his butt down on it. Hung the red tin cup back on the nail. We were there yesterday, ...

Author: Tom Spanbauer

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9781555847401

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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Tom Spanbauer is one of the most enchanting writers in America today, and In the City of Shy Hunters, his first novel in ten years, is a "rich and colorful" portrait of New York in the 1980s, told with "raw power" (David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle). Shy, afflicted with a stutter, and struggling with his sexuality, Will Parker comes to New York to escape the provincial western towns where he grew up. In New York, he finds himself surrounded for the first time by people who understand and celebrate his quirks and flaws. He also begins an unforgettable love affair with a volatile, six-foot-five African-American drag queen and performance artist named Rose. But even as he is falling in love with Rose and growing into himself, Will must watch as AIDS escalates from a rumor into a devastating tragedy. When a vicious riot erupts in a local park, Will seizes the chance to repay the city for all it has taught him, in a climax that will leave readers shaken, fulfilled, and changed. "In the City of Shy Hunters is so finely crafted ... you'll think you've been reading a modernist classic." — Peter Kurth, "Spanbauer's genius resides even in the asides ... teas[ing] out the genuine complexity of human love." — Thomas McGonigle, The Washington Post Book World "Ambitious and compelling ... a mixture of the ghastly, the hilarious, and the curiously touching." — John Hartl, The Seattle Times "In the City of Shy Hunters has the earmarks of a literary landmark ... Its importance and originality are unmistakable." — Laura Demanski, The Baltimore Sun

Pleasant Bend

Upper Buffalo Bayou and the San Felipe Trail in the Nineteenth Century Dan Worrall. Figure 6.5. ... The only nails used were old cut-iron nails. You don't see 'em any more. ... It used to be hunting ground in my memory.

Author: Dan Worrall

Publisher: Dan Michael Worrall

ISBN: 9780982599624

Category: Buffalo Bayou (Tex.)

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Today’s Greater Houston is a vast urban place. In the mid-nineteenth century, however, Houston was a small town – a dot in a vast frontier. Extant written histories of Houston largely confine themselves to the small area within the city limits of the day, leaving nearly forgotten the history of large rural areas that later fell beneath the city’s late twentieth century urban sprawl. One such area is that of upper Buffalo Bayou, extending westward from downtown Houston to Katy. European settlement here began at Piney Point in 1824, over a decade before Houston was founded. Ox wagons full of cotton traveled across a seemingly endless tallgrass prairie from the Brazos River east to Harrisburg (and later to Houston) along the San Felipe Trail, built in 1830. Also here, Texan families fled eastward during the Runaway Scrape of 1836, immigrant German settlers trekked westward to new farms along the north bank of the bayou in the 1840s, and newly freed African American families walked east toward Houston from Brazos plantations after Emancipation. Pioneer settlers operated farms, ranches and sawmills. Near present-day Shepherd Drive, Reconstruction-era cowboys assembled herds of longhorns and headed north along a southeastern branch of the Chisholm Trail. Little physical evidence remains today of this former frontier world.

Red River Story

This one informed the inhabitants of the country enclosed by Lord Selkirk's land grant that it was now illegal to hunt buffalo from horseback . Apparently the contingent of colonists who'd gone down to Fort Daer to hunt meat hadn't had ...

Author: Alfred Silver

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345365623

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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Based on the life of Kate McPherson, this novel follows the adventures of the settlers in the northern Great Plans and their battles with the great fur companies

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