Joshua Tree Community

Art Queen

A-Z West

Beatnik Lounge (w/Reading Series)

Center for Land Use Interpretation

Desert Oracle

Desert X

Desert Institute

Eco-Tone Lab

High Desert Test Sites

Joshua Tree Art Gallery/

Joshua Tree Artist Residency

Joshua Tree on Film

Joshua Treeinal

JT Lab

Lou Harrison House

Local Eco/Community Artist

Morongo Basin Historical Society

Noah Purifoy Foundation

Space Cowboy Books

Twentynine Palms Historical Society

Suggested Desert Titles


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

Whole Night Through, 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

The Desert, by Brandon Shimoda

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


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


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

Isao Tomita, Sunset

Mars Arizona, High Desert