October 1, 2011

This Land Magazine

This Machine claps with one hand. Feel free to read our palm as we keep our fingers on the pulse of Oklahoma with this issue. Featuring:

TOGETHER IN TULSA: Rebekah Greiman must first endure being photographed herself before she gets to interview this spritely, dancing couple.

GOODBYE TULSA: Shawna Lewis bids a fond farewell to Harriet Peake–a sweet woman who was ruthless on the croquet field.

SILKWOOD: Sarah Denton reviews the mysterious death of Karen Silkwood, 30 years later.

IMAGINARY OKLAHOMA: Acclaimed novelist Rebecca Makkai shares the story of college kids who are perplexed by a fellow classmate from Oklahoma.

PERUVIAN NOVELIST: New York Public Library staffer Robert Dumont profiles his favorite customer, Mario Vargas Llosa.

A RIVER PRACTICALLY RUNS THROUGH IT: Ginger Strand links the Oklahoma Aquarium to the development of the Arkansas River.

HOOK, LINE, AND STRINGTOWN: Jenny Sullivan recalls Clyde Barrow and the gory, if brief, Stringtown Shootout.

POETRY: Young poet Justin L. Bond offers us his unpublished work “Desiderata.”

LETTERS: Erin Turner reports from Borneo, “The Land Beneath the Wind.”

DONE THAT: Natasha Ball explains the unusual rodeo event of “mutton busting.”

MERRY MISSIONARIES: Denver Nicks reports on Oklahoma’s Armenian missionaries, “The Singing Men of Oklahoma,” along with many other delightful diplomatic stumbles revealed by Wikileaks.

TRUE TULSA: Michael Cooper returns with a photo of much-beloved Rabbi Marc Fitzerman. All that, plus perennially mind-blowing work by in-house illustrator Jeremy Luther and creative director Carlos Knight. 

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