Ronald Scheer

Helpful votes received on reviews: 98% (52 of 53)
Location: Los Angeles
Birthday: Oct. 27
In My Own Words:
Teacher, writer, copy editor

Literature of the American West, western and roots music, world cinema, literature (fiction and nonfiction) of the Middle East and North Africa


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Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West by Anne Seagraves
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The author's list of acknowledgements fills a page at the opening of this historical account of prostitution in the early West. She has clearly done her research. And her book is a window into a subject often alluded to in the literature of the frontier but seldom if ever revealed in any depth.
The West was a man's world where, according to Seagrave, men often outnumbered women 50 to 1. Employment opportunities being few for uneducated young women, a great many found their way to the brothels in the red light districts of cities, cow towns and mining camps. The author describes these establishments from the most genteel down to the most squalid. She also characterizes the role of the… Read more
Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on&hellip by Larry McMurtry
I've read much more of Larry McMurtry's fiction than his nonfiction, and sometimes I find myself enjoying his nonfiction a good deal more. His wry, humorous point of view, gift for quiet irony, and depth of thought come across so much more strongly in his own voice, compared to those of the characters in his novels. And while I am very fond of "Leaving Cheyenne," "Horseman, Pass By" and "The Last Picture Show," my favorite McMurtry novels, it is an equal pleasure to be in the presence of the man himself, as he reveals himself in the essays in this book.
Writing in his 62nd year, McMurtry lets himself free associate across a number of subjects; his life as a compulsive reader and book… Read more
Montana Home Town Rodeo by Joanne Berghold
Montana Home Town Rodeo by Joanne Berghold
This is a fine collection of 86 black-and-white photographs taken by photographer Joanne Berghold at small town rodeos around Montana in the 1990s and early 2000s. Unlike the commercialized rodeo to be seen in today's PRCA circuit, these local rodeos capture the spirit of the sport as it emerged in the early 20th century -- a family-oriented affair that brought the whole rural community together for a once-a-year celebration. Look at these pictures, and what you often see instead of covered bleachers and flashy corporate sponsor billboards is a wire arena fence with trucks and cars pulled up to it and open prairie or hills beyond. The parking lot is grass-covered, and horse trailers are… Read more