Buster Scruggs: Whistling Past the ‘Used-to-Be’

Josh Larsen

Josh Larsen
November 30, 2018

To suss out the theology behind The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, listen to the songs.

Jeff Carpenter
December 2, 2018

Just watched the film, and recognized the prospector's story "All Gold Canyon" as a Jack London short story, an example of his naturalism. His text contrasts the wild beauty of the canyon with the brute fang-and-claw death struggle in the ambush. The story has been anthologized in American Lit texts; I did not recognize any of the other stories, if from Western sources if not Coen originals.

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