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"Desert Oracle" is back!

Desert Oracle
Issue No. 6 of the "Desert Oracle."
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OKLAHOMA CITY – After a hiatus of some months, one of Red Dirt Report’s favorite paper publications in America – Desert Oracle, based in Joshua Tree, Calif. – is back with a new issue – issue number 6!

And while publisher Ken Layne has upped the price of an issue a dollar, from $3.95 to $4.95, that extra buck is worth all 100 pennies.

As I wrote nearly a year ago, in a piece of high praise aimed at Desert Oracle ("The Voice of the Desert"), noting its “conversational” and “homey” and eco-minded desert vibe, sprinkled with generous helpings of smart, homespun humor and quirky stories of myth and mystery.

And so when the sixth issue (Spring/Summer 2017) arrived a few weeks ago, I was very excited to dive right into each and every story. And this, from a guy who has spent no time in California's Mojave Desert - yet. Fortunately, this new issue features an article about "car camping" n these desert mountains. 

With story titles including: "The Devil in Amboy Crater," "ZZYZX: THe Last Word in Health," "A Rare & Terrible Jackalope" and "The Krill Papers" - well, how can you resist not to read such interesting and fascinating articles.

But the desert's reputation precedes it. Where Yucca Man lurks in the rocky twilight. Where Gram Parsons and Keith Richards would watch for UFOs. And where places like Death Valley and Joshua Tree are national treasures that need to be protected for future generations.

Layne and Desert Oracle truly gives voice to this important, harsh and arid - but uniquely beautiful - corner of the U.S.

Earlier this week I spoke to the proprietor of a local, newly-opened bookstore. I suggested they consider carrying Desert Oracle. I think it would find interested readers at this particular bookstore.

So, subscriptions are $25 for four issues. Either email the editor at or mail your check to Desert Oracle / PO Box 1735 / Joshua Tree, CA 92252. 


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