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Ken Layne Creator of Desert Oracle on the hidden histories of the Mojave

December 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Ken Layne joins us from Joshua Tree to celebrate the publication of Desert Oracle Volume 1 (MCD/FSG), a collection of writing from his self-published periodical.

This event will be streamed on our Crowdcast channel.


About Desert Oracle

For the past five years, Desert Oracle has existed as a quasi-mythical, quarterly periodical available to the very determined only by subscription or at the odd desert-town gas station or the occasional hipster boutique, its canary-yellow-covered, forty-four-page issues handed from one curious desert zealot to the next, word spreading faster than the printers could keep up with. It became a radio show, a podcast, a live performance. Now, for the first time—and including both classic and new, never-before-seen revelations—Desert Oracle has been bound between two hard covers and is available to you.

Straight out of Joshua Tree, California, Desert Oracle is “The Voice of the Desert”: a field guide to the strange tales, singing sand dunes, sagebrush trails, artists and aliens, authors and oddballs, ghost towns and modern legends, musicians and mystics, scorpions and saguaros, out there in the sand. Desert Oracle is your companion at a roadside diner, around a campfire, in your tent or cabin (or high-rise apartment or suburban living room) as the wind and the coyotes howl outside at night.

From journal entries of long-deceased adventurers to stray railroad ad copy, and musings on everything from desert flora, rumored cryptid sightings, and other paranormal phenomena, Ken Layne’s Desert Oracle collects the weird and the wonderful of the American Southwest into a single, essential volume.

About Ken Layne

Ken Layne is a professional high-speed typist, a broadcaster, and the editor/publisher of Desert Oracle, the pocket-size quarterly field guide to the strange and intriguing American deserts.


December 10, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
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