December 1, 2013

This Land Magazine

This machine blows down the river. In this issue, we explore the history of oil, the city that care forgot, and football’s warrior code of manliness. Here’s a peek:

THE GREAT CHAIN OF BEINGIn Oklahoma, football is a given. Locker-room law dictates that powerful males must bully weaker ones. That’s why Russell Cobb quit the sport—twice.

THE STATE THAT OIL BUILTTulsa is a city built on oil, its buildings totems to the oceans of hydrocarbon bubbling beneath the prairie. James McGirk traces petroleum’s influence in the city and in Oklahoma.

VOODOO CITYNightmares, Voodoo curses, poisonous caterpillars, and a con-artist lover—how Oklahoman Mark Chandler barely survived the sovereign nation-state of New Orleans.

THE EASE OF TROUTJeffrey Skemp’s boyhood self plays in the darkness of the woods and his imagination.

ORIGINAL OKIETami Teeters saved three things before her Mannford home was engulfed by a wildfire in August of last year: a pair of praying hands, her citizenship papers, and her bathing suit. Photo by Matt Leach.

 

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