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Lady at the OK Corral – Book Review

Lady at the OK Corral by Ann Kirschner attempts to bring Josephine out from behind Wyatt’s shadow.

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From Clementine Carter in My Darling Clementine (1946) to Josie in Wyatt Earp (1995), the legendary Wyatt Earp is shown in movies as going to battle at the OK Corral not just for justice but for the woman he loves. Unbeknownst to many, these female characters are based on an actual woman, Josephine Marcus, who was Earp’s wife for over forty years and seemed to embody the axiom that behind every powerful man is a powerful woman. Lady at the OK Corral by Ann Kirschner attempts to bring Josephine out from behind Wyatt’s shadow.

There is no doubt that Josephine Marcus led a fascinating life. The daughter of Jewish immigrants, she ran away from home to join an acting troupe when she was a teenager and traveled the west. In one dusty town she met Johnny Behan, who convinced her to move to Tombstone and live with him as his wife and a salary-free governess to his son. It was in Tombstone that Josephine met and started an affair with Wyatt Earp, who was not only married himself but also Behan’s arch-rival. It was a real-life love triangle with all the drama of a soap opera. After the gunfight at the OK Corral, Josephine and Wyatt continued to chase fortune and glory at the edge of the American frontier. 

With such a theatrical and provocative personal history to work with, Lady at the OK Corral is a book that should be interesting, and it is–as long as it focuses on Wyatt Earp. Unfortunately, the parts of the book that focus on Josephine are boring and feel like filler. Not because Kirschner didn’t have enough source material on Josephine–she wrote her own memoirs and there are plenty of people who knew her when she was still alive–but because she’s simply not the hero of the story; Wyatt is.

One hesitates to blame Kirschner for this, seeing as how Josephine spent most of her life putting Wyatt in the spotlight, making him look good and elaborating on his heroic deeds. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that she did the same in her memoirs and Kirschner simply relied too heavily on them. To be fair, Kirschner does try to balance the memoirs out with other sources, but these sources are mostly connected to Wyatt and the history of the Earp brothers. 

For someone who was clearly of her own mind, Josephine’s life does seem to revolved around men a lot. She’s a woman who has little to no agency: moving to Tombstone because of a man, not because she wants to get away from home; and then returning to her family in San Francisco because Wyatt wants her out of Tombstone. There she waits for Wyatt. Which is fine, but doesn’t make for super-interesting reading. It’s cruelly ironic that a book purporting to be the biography of a woman doesn’t pass the Bechdel Test (quick rundown of the Bechdel Test: a story has 1. a female character who 2. talks to another female character about 3. something other than a man).

As stated, Lady at the OK Corral isn’t a bad popular history book. If you’re interested in Wyatt Earp (which I definitely am after reading this; he was a total badass), then you’ll find it worth reading. But as the biography of a female pioneer, it’s strangely unfocused and generalized. Whether this is due to the subject, the author, or a lack of resources, Lady at the OK Corral isn’t Josephine Marcus’ story; it’s the story of Wyatt Earp told from her perspective.

by Tasha Brandstatter

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Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™

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Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily need of pew pew! Stormtroopers assemble and try to take down the hero of Lothal, the whole mission thing is a bit nuts. This pinball table goes to a galaxy far far away by delving into an age that has yet to be traversed by the films. Zen studios gets the balance of the force just right, do not try to get this table, do it.

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Pinball FX-2 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip you out of the comfort of your chair and into the Age of Ultron. Enjoy this audacious addition to the Avenger’s universe, Thor’s might is on your side. The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow make a gargantuan attempt at arresting the nefarious Ultron. Pull yourself together and check out this game, you can’t afford more mistakes. The god of thunder favors you.

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Shaking the Habitual, The Knife | Album Review

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By The Knife

Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array of vibrancy. 

What starts off like a indigenous ceremony quickly changes to a post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland by the third track, “A Cherry on Top.” Then, finding semblance in a 19 minute interlude, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized,” the brother-and-sister duo reemerge in ritualistic fashion with the deep bass line of “Raging Lung”. Ending with an unsettling aptitude, Fracking Fluid Injection precedes the final track, Ready to Lose; providing insight to a larger contextual effect this album has in a world seeming “Full of Fire.” 

Although difficult to fully embody the composition of electronic and aboriginal noise heard in The Knife’s new album, Shaking the Habitual, any movement to the music is sure to conjure emotion. At times, the May release represents a more archetypal sound in the art of music. 

Tying together components of old and new, the Swedish duo creates a spellbinding effect with the first track, A Tooth For an Eye. Amalgamating dominant instrumentations, subtle synth lines and underlying vocals, A Tooth For and Eye entices the listener with something seldom projected over the airwaves. 

Coming off a seven year hiatus, the duo can predominate with an electronic influence, but, ultimately the seamless transition across a spectrum of sound grasps the ear. Delivered in its entirety, the lasting impression might leave one feeling like a participant of a seance.

— Rob Donovan

 

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