Over the years, I’ve thought about deserts a lot. As for many out there, it probably goes back to Tatooine, and the two-sun sunset Luke mourns before, in Episode IV. I got to patch a lot of these ideas together in this piece, for a special issue of Pin-Up magazine.

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Things I cite: deep time, Dubai, Gulf Futurism, DeLillo, Dune — and more.

 

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Deserts and “desertness” allow for the fantasy of imagining an earth without us, or, at the liminal point when the “us” is about to become no more.

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