Sunday, September 13, 2015
The Loving Afterlife of the Dixie ChicksA few weeks ago I heard Ben Bullington for the First Time, heard "Country Music, I'm Talking to You." Made him sick, it did, what Country Music did to the Dixie Chicks.
I just stopped listening after country fans turned on the Dixie Chicks. I cannot even listen to that clever lyricist Toby Keith after he tried to out Lee-Greenwood Lee Greenwood in Holy Patriotism, when the true patriots were the Dixie Chicks. I understand the holy self-righteous rage. I've been thinking about it in relation to the 18th century Scotch-Irish anger and looking for living people who know how to acknowledge the rage and leave it behind us.
Then just now reading Peter Heller's THE DOG STARS I got to "We loved the Dixie Chicks who wouldn't." Supply the punctuation: "We loved the Dixie Chicks. Who wouldn't?" This in a book published in 2012. I got up and came down to tell Peter Heller how much I love him, backwards, from The Painter to this one. And I find a slur against the Dixie Chicks.
Tyler Kee review 2014 of Peter Heller's THE DOG STARS evoked this snotty comment from Rlc2