12/05/2008 § 1 Comment
I’m reading a wonderful collection of American stories called, appropriately enough, Legends and Tales of the American West. It was edited, told, and retold by Richard Erdoes. The book is part of the Pantheon Fairytale and Folklore Library. I own nine of the nineteen books and intend to buy the rest of them. Richard Erdoes also writes the American Indian Myths and Legends, along with Alfonso Ortiz.
This particular edition contains gems about Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill.
I was reading about Pecos Bill last night and had to read the second sentence twice. Then I read it aloud to Gemma just to make sure it was correct; and also that it was in fact funny.
I quote it here.
“[Pecos Bill] was different from his brothers and sisters, emerging from the womb with hair on his chest and a big boner.”
It’s kind of funny to type out too.
As I trudge through this volume I will post more nuggets (or boners) to make you smile.