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  • Cowboy up to the energy boom

    In today’s complicated West, where retirees battle energy companies and environmentalists fight transmission lines carrying green power, maybe we need some heroic cowboys to help straighten everything out.

  • Discovery and recovery in a Mojave casino town

    Mary Sojourner's new novel, Going Through Ghosts, takes the reader on a journey of love, loss, abandonment and death.

  • Erratic behavior

    Erratic behavior

    The Mojave Desert's Giant Rock has long been home to UFO buffs and wild parties, but nowadays it’s fallen victim to graffiti and litterbugs.

  • Heard around the West

    Calendar girls get the brush-off in Carmel, Calif.; sniffing out endangered species; looking for a blonde bombshell; "The Bitchin’ Post" meets airport security; "stealth towers" in Colorado Springs

  • High Noon

    High Noon

    Environmentalists are arguing passionately over large-scale solar development on California's Mojave Desert.

  • In the desert, questions without answers: A review of Gods Without Men

    In the desert, questions without answers: A review of Gods Without Men

    In Gods Without Men, British novelist Hari Kunzru wanders through time and space in California's Mojave Desert.

  • Leaving Las Vegas

    Now that she’s left Las Vegas, the writer recalls the surrealistic city, and is haunted by the memory of the desert that surrounds it

  • Life along the Colorado River

    Kasia Broussalian spent two sweltering months photographing the people who live along the Colorado River.

  • Mortal fear and a state of wild grace

    In The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic, Lucy Jane Bledsoe chases her own wild fears across the landscape in search of a state of grace.

  • Ode to a very hot spot

    Live! From Death Valley is John Soennichsen’s "love letter to an ill-tempered mistress," California’s Death Valley

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