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Luna and the Lake

Words by Rohini Walker Illustration by Martín Mancha There is a lake in a desert, under which bubbles a hot spring. Mature desert willows overhang the water from the sandy bank. There is so much lush vegetation here that the spot could easily be mistaken for a watery clearing in the jungle. Bullfrogs abound, their sporadic, guttural croaks echoing in the silence, reverberating off the stillness of the water. Under a full moon, recently replete after being eclipsed by Earth,…

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I am the color of the sun in light and shadow, dreaming you into being; each grain of sand, each cell and atom. Shifting light makes butterflies of eyelashes, cocooned in dark slumber moments ago. In the stillness of innocent morning, you can see me in all my glory as I turn from night to day. My cosmic dance never ends, as slowly, through lifetimes, you arrive at surrender, having passed through the gates of fear and doubt and shame.…

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Luna Arcana – Issue #3

Look what the desert wind blew in? Issue 3 has jumped up onto the surface of this orb we call Earth after  many months gestating underground. Find her all over the high desert and beyond. And if you’d like to subscribe and receive two issues a year, click here. Find FREE issues at Frontier Cafe, JT Health Foods, Hoof & Horn, Pioneertown Motel, Hoodoo Comics and more. Cover art: Martín Mancha Click here to download, or browse below:…

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The Desert is Not About You

By Chris Clarke There is a new gold rush in the Mojave Desert, a new ore being mined from the landscape. The mines are everywhere, but they concentrate here in the Morongo Basin. Unlike the first Gold Rush, this “gold rush” isn’t chasing gold. The New Miners aren’t after silver or uranium or borax. Unlike their predecessors in recent decades, they’re not even after the desert’s scant water or ubiquitous solar energy. Some of them are after enlightenment on demand,…

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CHAIRMAN OF THE BORED: Aur-Aelion Israel and Prospecting the Boring Desert

By Paul Cullum In the waning months of 2016, the improbably named Boring Desert, a Facebook and Instagram events calendar servicing the High and Low Desert, joined a growing wave of Morongo Basin boosterism online: High Desert Happenings (curated by C/Z Records founder Daniel House — or as he prefers it, “Dåniel Høüse”); the Joshua Tree Guide (filmmaker Casey Kiernan’s tourist-themed tie-in to his local music videos and time-lapse desert photography); artist Andrea Zittel’s sprawling Hi Desert Test Sites; the…

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