The Return of the Western?

It was mostly because of Scott’s post on the current anti-Iraq war movies that I was interested in a series of articles on an upcoming round of westerns in today’s New York Times magazine. I never did learn much about the new westerns, but I’d guess they are no more pro-American West than the Iraq movies are pro-war. Actually, I didn’t get past this interview of a historian named Patty Limerick by the Times’ Deborah Solomon.
Ms. Limerick explains the fact that Hollywood has a few westerns in production with a casual bit of bigotry:

A. Just as we had an upsurge in difficult westerns when we were struggling with Vietnam, now we


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