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On the Cover: Clouds over northern Cimarron County. Photograph by Mark W. Nault.
A Crucible of Dust
Panhandle then: An apocalypse of chokin, swirling dust clouds thousands of feet high scoured the land of western Oklahoma in the 1930s. This ecological disaster, the worst in American history, resonates with Oklahomans to this day.
By Jim Logan
A Cathedral of Sky
Panhandle now: A dozen photographs reveal the wide-open expanses and stark beauty of Oklahoma’s most remote and sparsely populated region. This is No Man’s Land.
Photography by Mark W. Nault
Looking for Ellison
A century ago, Deep Deuce and Oklahoma City became the first settings for one of America’s most esteemed authors. Reflecting on her own encounters with Ralph Ellison’s body of work, a Wewoka native explores his lasting impact on the literary world.
By Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
The Art of Bread
Give us this day our artisan bread. At these Oklahoma bakeries, Old World methods refashion the staff of life into loaves that inspire reverence—and hunger.
By Becky Carman
Photography by Lacey Elaine Tackett
At Pub on the Bricks in Guymon, a family creates a place where everyone from the after-church crowd to Thunder fans can feel welcome; Debby Kaspari goes in search of that harbinger of spring, Oklahoma’s official insect, the honeybee; and the bartenders at Valkyrie offer colorful, inventive twists on classic cocktails in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District.
Purcell native Parker Millsap goes back to the drawing board for his new self-titled album; Eddie Walker, executive director of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, on the zen of laundry; a new poem by Pawnee resident Erin Glanville Brown; District 21 isn’t just a new restaurant—it’s a hands-on teaching tool for would-be chefs; and Cathleen Faubert captures Oklahoma’s scent in a new art exhibit.
Food & Drink
For more than thirty years, Vietnamese immigrants and food like pho and bun cha gio have made Oklahoma’s culture and culinary landscape richer. Bite into a banh mi sandwich, a Vietnamese creation making waves on this side of the Pacific. Plus, recipes from Lido Restaurant in Oklahoma City and Trang Le Vietnamese Restaurant in Broken Arrow.