The Last Picture Show

Occasional updates from writer Rosecrans Baldwin.

Rosecrans is the author of Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down (GQ's Best Books of 2012) and You Lost Me There (New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; NPR's Best Books of 2010). His next novel is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Rosecrans's essays appear in a variety of magazines, including GQ, Men's Journal, and the Oxford American.

He and his wife Rachel Knowles live in Los Angeles.

Watching The Empire Strikes Back as a child does not prepare you for the first time you field-dress an animal in the snow. Yes, the organs balloon out as if they’re instantly inflating, like when Han Solo cuts open the Tauntaun. But then comes a lot of work. Ten minutes into gutting, I’m “ringing the ass,” running a four-inch German hunting knife around a pelvic canal while Uncle Cy, an experienced hunter, hisses useful advice in my ear, like “Don’t ruin my fucking knife.” And “You just ruined my fucking knife.”

(via Learning How to Hunt Deer in 7 Days or Less)

New article for GQ involving uncles, guns, and me in a canoe when it’s 16 degrees outside.

Magazine writers don’t really get to write their own headlines, blurb text, or  captions, so for anyone emailing to say it’s impossible to “learn how to hunt deer in seven days or less,” believe me, I agree.

Mar 5, 2014