Column: This bookstore gives imagination free rein

Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree is a whimsically named store specializing in science fiction, but with a stock of westerns too. Also, fiction, poetry and more. I visited last month while in the area and interviewed owner Jean-Paul Garnier about science fiction, life in the desert and being a small-businessman during COVID. That story makes up my Sunday column. Finally, the third and final column from my vacation a month ago is done — whew. What can I tell you, local news kept intruding.

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Column: In desert, good news is in the wind for bistro, museum

More about Joshua Tree, as the lauded restaurant La Copine secures its future by buying its building (a curious cat is involved) and the Noah Purifoy museum gets a $100,000 arts grant. Also, desert-scented soap is purchased and old-school country music is heard, all in my Friday column, my second of three dispatches from the desert. Look for Part 3 sometime soon.

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Column: A Fiat must really be foreign in Joshua Tree

My latest column begins with an anecdote from my mini-vacation involving my car that I liked but that I’d cut from my first column for space reasons. Then we segue into reader comments on my columns about Joshua Tree, its national park and the bookstore in Twentynine Palms. It all ends with an item from Upland — that involves the desert. All that is in Sunday’s column.

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Column: This oracle peers into Mojave myths

I recently discovered and became an admirer of Desert Oracle, a journal published from Joshua Tree, as well as a hardcover book collecting its best writing and a podcast/radio show. I write about the weird, wonderful publication in Sunday’s column. (And this will explain the reference in Friday’s column to taking an unnamed book into the national park as the appropriate scene for a photo.)

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