Resources

Suggested Desert Titles

Writing

  • Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, by Edward Abbey
  • Waking Life; Desert Dweller; In the Mojave, by Cynthia Anderson
  • Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things, by Jane Bennett
  • Dirty Wars: Landscape, Power, and Waste in Western American Literature, by John Beck
  • Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies (Critical Climate Change), by Heather Davis & Etienne Turpin
  • Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology, by T. J. Demos
  • Starshine Road, by. L.I. Henley
  • The Desert,” by Alduous Huxley
  • The Sacred Desert: Religion, Literature, Art and Culture, by David Jasper
  • Land and Environmental Art, by Jeffrey Kastner & Brian Wallis
  • Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven, by Barry Lopez
  • An Invitation to Ontopoetics: the Poetic Structure of Being, by Freya Mathews (Austrialian Humanities Review)
  • Eco-Aesthetics: Art, Literature and Architecture in a Period of Climate Change (Radical Aesthetics, Radical Art), by Malcolm Miles
  • The Turquoise Ledge, by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Tony’s Story, by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts, by Ruth Nolan, ed.
  • Ruby Mountain, by Ruth Nolan
  • Culture of One, by Alice Notley
  • Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California’s Desert, by David Rains Wallace
  • The Desert: Further Studies in Natural Appearances, by John C. Van Dyke
  • Desert Gothic, by Don Waters
  • To Life!: Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet, by Linda Weintraub

Film

  • Zabriskie Point, by Allison Anders
  • Lost Highway, by David Lynch
  • Lo Desert Sound, by Joerg Steineck
  • Simon of the Desert, by Luis Buñuel
  • Desert, by Stan Brakhage
  • Gas, Food, Lodging, by Donna Deitch
  • Paris, Texas, by Wim Wenders
  • Gerry, Gus Van Sant
  • Desert Hearts, Gus Van Sant
  • Fata Morgana, by Werner Herzog
  • El Topo, by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • High Noon, by Stanley Kramer
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, by Sergio Leone
  • Desert Nights, William Nigh
  • Inner Passage or Déserts, by Bill Viola

Music

  • The Sky is Blue, The Desert is Yellow, A Hack and a Hacksaw
  • Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do, Captain Beefheart
  • Unusual Occurrences in the Desert, Grateful Dead
  • Desert Kisses, Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • Crime in the Desert, Brian Eno & John Cale
  • Little Fluffy Clouds, The Orb
  • Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Brothers
  • In the Mouth a Desert, Pavement
  • To Bring You My Love, PJ Harvey
  • Low Desert, R.E.M.
  • Grey Diamond Desert, Screaming Trees
  • Lonesome Desert Blues, Bessie Smith
  •  “Déserts,” by Edgard Varèse
  • Green Desert, Tangerine Dream

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