L.A. Times Features Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Annual “Desert Stories” Event

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A sweet and trippy reading in Joshua Tree

By Carolyn Kellogg

PHOTO: The Desert Stories reading in Joshua Tree. (Carolyn Kellogg / Los Angeles Times)

Excerpt taken from the Los Angeles Times – February 2, 2015 2:02 PM

In cities like Los Angeles and New York, where so many of our storytellers live, it’s easy to believe we have it all. We have all the languages, all the food, all the culture. We have ocean shores and public parks and mountain views. We are surrounded by humans of every stripe.

But some places are entirely, essentially, different.

Its otherworldliness attracts seekers, like George Van Tassell, a former test pilot and believer in UFOs who built the nearby Integratron. In the 1960s, Joshua Tree was a destination for the Rolling Stones and other bands with hallucinogens in their pockets and transcendence on their minds; Gram Parsons died there (his room, something of a shrine, is the most popular at the Joshua Tree Inn); U2 came along a musical generation later; and so on.

It was inevitable that LSD and mushrooms would play a part in Desert Stories, the eighth annual storytelling event that took place in Joshua Tree Saturday night. Held in the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s black box theater, the event featured seven readers and two storytelling musicians. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE


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