A personal essay about visiting and living in the California desert, the architecture and art created there, and what does and doesn’t “belong” there. There are considerations of homesteader cabins, motels, “villains’ houses” and the author’s own ambivalent urges to own a piece of the desert, with references to Ed Ruscha, Rayner Banham and Noah Purifoy.
The Code of the Desert
Geoff Nicholson is an English writer living in Los Angeles. His writings include the novels The City Under the Skin and Gravity’s Volkswagen, and works of nonfiction Walking in Ruins and The Lost Art of Walking.
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Geoff Nicholson; The Code of the Desert. Boom 1 March 2016; 6 (1): 108–115. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.1.108
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