Sometimes artists or poets create a picture that sticks in your mind: a pithy phrase, a soaring exhilaration or a profound enlightenment. Cave Wall Graffiti is a distilled collection of meandering thoughts, mind puzzles and word pictures that have stuck to the windshield of my brain like colorful bugs that stain the tinted glass.
They might have been forgotten had I just washed them off. But by including them in my Neanderthal Cowboy version of 160 page Cave Wall, I have given them a new half-life.
With the help of Wally Badgett, who can draw with one hand tied behind his back, I am able to walk that fine line that runs along the edge of common sense. -- Baxter Black
Bob Howdy, PHD
This handy hardback...is Baxter Black: Confucius unchained. It intersperses 13 chapters on an open range of topics, ordered by Theme, Thought, and Afterthought...the narrative noodling of a Neanderthal Cowboy. What you get with Confucius can be confusing; with Baxter it's concord. What you get with Cave Wall Graffiti is the basic essentials of Baxterian philosophy: cowboy, horse & rope, immortalized by the photo on the book's back cover. His rope or yarns consists of a staunch manila philosoply, spliced with poetry. Where Confucius meets the multitudes, Baxter treats the city dudes with down to earth rural humor in cowboy idiom. Where else couldyou get the splotchy scatological splore of "On Goose Season" or his continuing war of wonder over PETA "On Do Fish Feel Pain?" About twenty of his AFterthoughts quote a riange of characters from Galileo to Ray Hunt. I like the one on page 142--"Afterthought: Disclaimer - No animals were harmed in the writing of this book." REVIEWER'S DISCLAIMER: Strange reading benefits may accrue for any trade of time that results from (a) semi-permanent loss of breath due to uncontainable laughter; (b) unintentionally self-inflicted mental injury due to disagreement with the cowboy premise; or (c) civil disorder, riot, or insurrection inspired by political agreement with the illustrator's tome or the writer's edge. We all know Baxter writes on the broad edge of common sense...buy it, read it, and give it to the kids. - Bob Howdy, PhD