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  • The Land of the Dry

    A Westerner makes the disconcerting discovery that as we age, the high, dry West we love isn't so good for our moisture-loving bodies, and the only cure is a trip to the beach.

  • A corps of visitors, not discoverers

    In Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes, the late historian Alvin Josephy Jr. has assembled essays by nine Indian writers who examine the Corps of Discovery from the other side of the cultural looking glass

  • The art of an alien landscape

    In Westernness: A Meditation, poet and scholar Alan Williamson examines what it means to live in the West through the eyes of the region’s writers and artists

  • Dear friends

    Rick Craig wins Nelson Algren Award; visitors; Bill Frank Jr. and John Echohawk win Wallace Stegner Award; HCN is looking for good writers

  • Our Green Mountain

    A writer recalls the adventures he had had in Quincy, Calif., 20 years ago, when he was the youthful editor of a small-town independent paper called the Green Mountain Gazette

  • Zine Roundup: Gone fishing

    A 38-year-old female deckhand who calls herself Moe Bowstern created the zine called Xtra Tuf to explore the turbulent culture of the fishing industry

  • Zine Roundup: Sweet simplicity

    Since 1992, Dan Price has been publishing a hand-drawn, illustrated zine called Moonlight Chronicles from his tiny, hobbit-style home in a meadow in Joseph, Ore.

  • Homegrown news: Money can't buy it

    In an introduction to this special issue celebrating independent media, High Country News associate editor Jonathan Thompson recalls the exciting, exhausting, high-caffeine years he spent publishing his own newspaper in a small mountain town

  • Hits and missives from Cactus Ed

    In Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast, David Petersen assembles some of the correspondence of Western writer Edward Abbey into an eminently readable but ultimately unenlightening collection.

  • Dear friends

    Welcome, new interns Stephanie Paige Ogburn and Allison Gerfin; Southwest Research and Information Center celebrates 35 years; Wendell Duffield wants to know what happened to the U.S. Geological Survey

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