hate silence in my house. In the woods I love it (though its never really silent) but when I’m home and doing things that require me to be perched in front of a keyboard for hours back-to-back, I need noise. Lots of times it’s music, and lots of times it’s the TV in the background. I usually can’t stand network TV, or commercials, so I rely on streaming services to fill the void. That means letting shows I’ve seen run season after season, or putting on a series of lousy movies that are easy to ignore. Lately I’ve been exploring Amazon Prime’s repository of Westerns that I’ve never heard of, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised more than once. The other day it was Sergio Leone’s Fistful of Dynamite (1971), which is apparently more commonly known in the U.S. as Duck, You Sucker with Rod Steiger and James Coburn. After that I randomly put on a real spaghetti western with some of the worst overdubbed voices I’ve ever seen, Day of Anger (1967) with Lee Van Cleef, playing a role he was super familiar with: the aging, hard as nails gunslinger. He befriends a young kid whose job is literally hauling buckets of poop, sweeping things, and getting abused by the townspeople. He practices his draw every day with a hunk-of-rust six gun with a gunbelt made of rope.