Vox clamantis in deserto

If you’re feeling the strain of a year spent sheltering in place, occasionally pulling on the mask(s) and nitrile gloves before carrying your 10-foot pole into the grocery store like Little John facing off with Robin Hood over the last sack of whole-wheat flour in Sherwood Forest, you’ll appreciate this week’s episode of Desert Oracle Radio, “Out of Our Holes.”

Ken Layne talks about the urge to join the coyotes on the night shift, the struggle to write in an age when the word has faded, and the joy of finally coming out of our holes to once again tell strange stories around the fire.

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7 Responses to “Vox clamantis in deserto”

  1. SAO' Says:

    Thanks for the recommendation. Needed something new to listen to, and this is both new and old at the same time.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I am starting to question my status as a desert rat. Perhaps I need to move to Gleesen, Paradise, or maybe Portal. Get a little more out there, and stay there. I guess just spending a day in such places will have to do. By the way, if you enjoy riding forest service dirt roads or jeep trails on your mountain bike, Portal, AZ is a fine place to visit. If you want to hotel it, there is only one and it’s connected to the general store and cafe. Portal Peak Lodge. No phones, no pool, no pets, can’t smoke no cigarets, inside anyway. Campgrounds up in the canyon. Interesting podcast from reality.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Portal … there’s someplace I haven’t been yet. That I can remember, anyway. There are still plenty of strange little places to hang your sombrero.

      Though my man Hal says the Patagucci Tribe is descending in droves upon Weirdcliffe. If they’re there now, they can be anywhere. Boogity boogity boogity. I suggested that he start ranching synchillas but he says he’ll stick to burros.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        Portal is also slowly getting gentrified. Beats me since you have to drive to Douglas for your grub. Sonoita and Patagonia have gone to the dogs, pure breed that is. Joshua tree might be the last outpost left. When you breed like rabbits, the coyotes will solve that problem.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I think true isolation, hermitry, whatever you want to call it, is for a very few. Many are called, but few are chosen. We are herd animals who need that critter warmth. And that’s part of the problem, I suppose.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        But, the gentry forces everybody else out, but they still expect to be waited on. Build a big fancy joint if you want, but leave affordable choices for the every day bloke or lass.

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