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  • When the going gets tough, the tough collaborate

    Sometimes it seems that only the impact of a severe drought can get Westerners to work together on water issues

  • Picture a town that celebrates its old businesses

    Linda Hasselstrom muses sadly over the closing of a 118-year-old drugstore in downtown Cheyenne, Wyo.

  • Thomas McGuane’s lonely freaks

    The powerful short stories in Thomas McGuane’s Gallatin Canyon prove him to be the New West’s answer to Flannery O’Connor.

  • Phoenix Falling?

    Craig Childs lifts the rug of modern-day Phoenix, Ariz., to examine the remnants of the civilization that preceded it – the Hohokam people, who also built a great city in the middle of the desert, and flourished until the day they ran out of water.

  • You ain’t from around here, are you?

    In Brave New West: Morphing Moab at the Speed of Greed, Jim Stiles rips into the amenity-oriented tourist economy that has transformed his once-beloved Moab, but he offers little in the way of useful alternatives.

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