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  1. Howdy, John Hood

    Life after gambling addiction is as sweet as all you can eat spaghetti.

    July 30, 2014

  2. Rocking China

    In retrospect, I do wonder how I made a rock and roll record in China in such adverse conditions.  I had lived in China off and on for about seven years. Although I wasn’t exactly conversant in the language, I had learned how to navigate the country without a lot of difficulty. I had over 25 years […]

    July 30, 2014

  3. Haircut and a Shave

    Mark Clay takes us on a tour of his barber shop and gives us an old fashioned straight razor shave.

    July 29, 2014

  4. Cleaning House

    I am saying goodbye to my life. Throwing away books, teapots, pens. Saying farewell to my mother’s passport my father’s books. Offering to strangers crystal plates and funerary urns. There is comfort in discarding. A kind of grace blooms in the space where leather bindings once exhaled dust, redolent of stories whispered late into the […]

    July 28, 2014

  5. The Hubble Telescope and the Wild Mustang

    What does it mean, that the universe is growing larger, faster? Unlike my life, which seems to be slowing, even as it thickens and grows larger, my own frail body a metaphor for dreams and hopes and what I thought I’d be when I grew up. The universe is growing up? Is that it? Or […]

    July 28, 2014

  6. Kenneth Renberg

    In 1935, at age 14, Gunther Renberg emigrated from Germany, changed his name to Kenneth, and settled in Enid, Oklahoma, with his second cousins. He volunteered for the Army when he was just 17. First Lieutenant Kenneth Renberg earned a Purple Heart after he was wounded 70 years ago during the D-Day invasion of Omaha […]

    July 25, 2014

  7. An Encounter with Bob Dylan

    Jeff Martin tells us about meeting Bob Dylan.

    July 24, 2014

  8. Confronting Male Aggression

    During the early 1990s in Oklahoma, Catholic prep schools didn’t exactly impress punk music, rebellion, or third-wave feminism on their charges, but Anya Jack, a senior at Cascia Hall, could feel an undercurrent of female solidarity swelling. Soon, she bore witness to it. After graduation and a move to Austin, she noticed a few homemade […]

    July 24, 2014

  9. Coming Home by Ken Hada

    People around Oklahoma read a poem by Ken Hada.

    July 22, 2014

  10. Free For All: The 24 Best Displays of Public Art in Oklahoma

    Art isn’t just found in galleries. Thanks to the talent and ingenuity of its creators, and funding by both public and private entities, art can be found in public spaces all over Oklahoma. Here are just 24 examples. Oklahoma City 1. Curious Organism OKC artist Stan Carroll created this work “tasked with creating a buzz” […]

    July 22, 2014

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July 15, 2014

This issue of This Land is packed with tales of crime and consequences.

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July 01, 2014

In this very special music-themed issue of This Land, we get ready for the Woody Guthrie Festival with stories of rock stars, troubadours, riot grrrls, and impersonators. Michael Mason sits down for a conversation with Jimmy LaFave, Tyson Meade sends us a letter from Shanghai, Jeff Martin remembers a surreal encounter with Bob Dylan, Thomas Conner ponders authenticity and persona, and Adrian Margaret Brune explains an underground feminist punk-rock movement. Plus, Britton Gildersleeve reminds us of the musicality of words with two new poems.

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June 16, 2014

Vol. 5, Issue 12

In this issue of This Land, we remember Allan Houser, one of Oklahoma's most well known Native artists, who would have been 100 this year. Christina Burke details the Chiricahua Apache artist's 70-year career. Brooks Nickell illustrates the story behind "Artificial Cloud," downtown Tulsa's landmark statue created by Houser's son, Bob Haozous. Plus, new poetry from Michael Daugherty addresses the stigmas and stereotypes of Native culture. And, Mike Boettcher invites us for a closer look of Ponca City's Pioneer Woman statue.

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June 01, 2014

Vol. 5, Issue 11

In this issue, we explore the various meanings of pride. Holly Wall hangs out with big cats and studies the "Tiger King" in his natural habitat. Beau Adams takes a trip to Liberty Flags and finds pride for purchase in myriad fabrics and dimensions. Randy Roberts Potts spends the day with OKC's colorful one-man pride parade, and Tamara Lebak experiments with religious regalia. Plus, Tom Boettcher sends us a letter remembering Oklahoma Monthly magazine. From the Oklahoma Monthly archives, Mike Boettcher delves into the nuances of sex-reassignment...

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June 15, 2014

In 1935, at age 14, Gunther Renberg emigrated from Germany, changed his name to Kenneth, and settled in Enid, Oklahoma, with his second cousins. He volunteered for the Army when he was just 17. First Lieutenant Kenneth Renberg earned a Purple Heart after he was wounded 70 years ago during the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. That A...
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June 01, 2014

Toby Jenkins

Toby Jenkins, father of two grown children and proud "Poppi" of three grandchildren, has been involved in one way or another with Oklahomans for Equality for almost 18 years. He's currently the executive director of OKeQ and the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Toby's done just about everything for Tulsa Pride — from emptying trash cans to run...
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May 15, 2014

Reverend G. Calvin McCutchen

Reverend G. Calvin McCutchen is pastor emeritus of Mount Zion Baptist Church. After the church was destroyed during the 1921 Race Riot, the congregation worshipped in a basement until a new building could be funded in 1952. A year later, the Rev. McCutchen, who earned doctorate degrees in theology and letters, became assistant pastor of Mount Zio...
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May 01, 2014

Victor Moreland

Victor Moreland hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he got his start playing professional soccer before coming to Oklahoma to be one of the first players for the Tulsa Roughnecks. Victor dug his cleats into Green Country when he married a Tulsa girl, and eventually settled down here. Of his Roughnecks era, he says, “They were fun days....