Frank James and John Brown: On Speaking Terms?
December 21, 2010
The writer Scott McClanahan overheard the following conversation between Frank James and John Browns. It was five in the morning, and they were sitting across the table from each other at a Hardee's. He was able to transcribe it for our benefit. Thanks Scott!
You've got to come around this spring because there's a traveling group of ball players that are coming to Kansas City, and they have this player named Bud Fowler, he can really smack the ball around the lot. Do you like the base-ball teams?
I don’t really watch much baseball anymore. I watch a lot of movies though. I’m a big fan of Red Dawn. WOLVERINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Those communists were nothing to laugh about.
People come to my farm, pay me a nickel, then they walk around my bed room and ask me if my chair is my chair, and then they leave by five p.m. What have you been doing?
I actually went back to school to get my education. I am now a teacher’s aide in the local school system here. As the song says, “I believe children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way,” or you can at least teach them well and let them lead the next race war.
It is cold here. Is it cold there?
I saw on the news where heart attacks are 68% more likely to occur in bad weather. I just hope people remember that when they’re shoveling snow to take breaks and if they’re having any discomfort to go back inside. It’s not worth having a heart attack over cleaning out your driveway. Seriously people!
Do you have a telephone? If Jesse were here I know he'd call the bank in Liberty and tell them he's going to be in to make a withdrawal and then hang up. Sometimes, I stare at the wall and think about that.
I have two of them—cell phones that is. I have one for normal business, and then another one for my girlfriends. It just makes it easier when you’re married and your wife is a snoop. I’ll say this though if the wife ever does catch you just deny, deny, deny.
I’ve been thinking about changing plans though. Sprint is really been taking me to the house and charging me extra for long distance. It about makes me angry enough to lead a bunch of renegades and take over a federal garrison or something like that.
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