Saddle Sores: A Blue Western | Chicago Reader

Saddle Sores: A Blue Western

Chicagoan Vanalyne Green's 20-minute video (1998), about contracting herpes from a Wyoming cowboy, includes many film clips, photographs, printed titles, western musical favorites, conversations with and responses from friends (as well as one lab technician), and confessions (both on-screen and off). This is every bit as jokey and as analytical as Green's longer and earlier A Spy in the House That Ruth Built, about her sexual attraction to baseball players, but the narration here is much more self-accusing—about her romanticism regarding cowboys, about how she let herself get herpes, and about the shame she felt as a consequence—which makes the relentlessly bantering tone a lot more unsettling and challenging.

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