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by Chris Connolly, for outsideleft.com
originally published: July, 2012
No, Jon Voight doesn't die, he's the cowboy

Q.
A. How am I feeling? Ok, well... it's kind of hard to describe, you know? That's why I'm here.

Q.
A. Yeah, I thought I should maybe talk to someone about it.

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A.  I don't know. Unhappy, I suppose. Kind of like... you know that scene in Midnight Cowboy?

Q.
A. You haven't? 

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A. Ok, well, it's Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, and they're on this bus going to Miami or somewhere, escaping from New York because they're both kind of, like, losers and broke etcetera, and they're buddies and they're looking for a new start and this guy...

Q.
A. No...

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A. No, that's Rain Man...

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A. Yeah, where he's... autistic or whatever it's called. But this is a different movie, I don't think I'm autistic or anything like that.

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A. Ok, well Hoffman plays this little gimpy guy...

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A. Sorry, he's like... he has this limp, and he's this real pathetic kind of a guy, you know?

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A. No, that's The Graduate. He's like the opposite of the guy in the Graduate, and he's sick...

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A. No, I'm not sick, I'm just...

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A. No, I know that. I'm just trying to use this guy from the movie as an example, ok?

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A. Ok, so they're on this bus in the last scene, and he dies, and the bus just keeps on driving to Florida and it's really, like, tragic, you know?

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A. No, Jon Voight doesn't die, he's the cowboy. It's the gimpy guy....

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A. Sorry, the guy with the limp...

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A. Hoffman, yeah. So he dies and the bus just keeps going and... 

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A. No, I mean... it's not the bus, it's more the way...

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A. What? 

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A. No, it's not a cowboy thing at all... 

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A. No, that's not it... not at all...

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A. Ok, forget the movie. Please. It's not about cowboys... Look, I suppose I'm just, like, depressed or something...

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A. For a while now, the last few months...

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A. No, no. Look, the movie was just... an example. I don't have - what did you call it?

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A. Yeah, a cowboy fixation or whatever. 

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A. I don't even know what that means.

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A. Ok, well I don't have one then, a cowboy fixation. Ok? I'm just feeling down, you know?

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A. Yeah, well I guess you need to have seen it...

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Chris Connolly

Chris Connolly writes from Dublin, Ireland. Allegedly he is not as dangerous as he reads. His first collection of short stories, 'Every Day I Atrophy' (the SideCartel) is available now. If you need to know more about Chris Connolly, he has an excellent and excellently informative website here chrisconnollywriter.com

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