Doghouse Roses

Posted in Book Reports, GSU photo archive by chamblee54 on August 9, 2022

There is a synchronicity to writing about Doghouse Roses in the downstairs parking lot at Walmart. DR is a collection of stories, written by Steve Earle. PG was only vaguely aware of Mr. Earle when he stumbled onto DR at the Friends-of-the-Library table. It turns out that Mr. Earle is a country music star, prison veteran, drug addict, seven time bridegroom, and a great American. It is possible that some of the DR tales are autobiographical.

The title story kicks off the collection. A terminally addicted former country star is being driven home by his wife. On their way out of LA, they go to the hood to buy some rock. While there, the dealer is wasted by an angry handgun. The story, like most of DR, is entertaining, and sort of believable.

Some high minded types read to become a better person, in one way or another. To PG, education/inspiration/motivation are all well and good, but not nearly as important as entertainment. If DR has any life lessons, they are well hidden. PG just wants to pass the time, until the nurse comes to the waiting room, and calls his name.

Over the weekend, PG read a 22k word essay by James Baldwin. If PG is brave enough, there might be a blog post forthcoming. Mr. Baldwin is not fun to read. “But white Americans do not believe in death, and this is why the darkness of my skin so intimidates them.” After wading through 22306 words of this, PG has done his duty reading for the summer.

Getting back to DR, the third story is about a drug runner in Mexico. “The American” displays a knowledge for some subtleties of life in Mexico. He crashes his plane, and just barely makes it back home. “The American” is in two more of the DR stories. We don’t know if he is based on a real person, or the result of Mr. Earle’s well lubricated imagination.

Since this was a used book purchase, there is no need to take DR back to the library. DR is 207 skinny pages. There is still room on the shelf. Pictures today are from ” The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. “

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