Author archives: Luke

  • Yucca Ropes: The DIY Ancestral Puebloan Static Line by Len Necefer

    Jun 2, 19 • 1215 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    In the late 1300s, experts point to drought and other environmental stressors impacting the Puebloan people in the Southwest leading toward societal collapse. My people, the Diné, the Athabaskan-speaking migrants from the north, also began to place pressures...

  • Elegant and Brutal by Cristina Marcalow

    Jun 1, 19 • 729 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    I. Trapped Kaiser Santa Clara Hospital, June 2018 The haul bag sits, a stuffed pig in the trunk. Cams, nuts, and two foil-wrapped burritos vibrate with expectant energy. But the car is parked in the red haze of the emergency room parking lot sign, and it...

  • Read The Zine – Deals for the Week

    May 29, 19 • 3654 Views • DirtbaggingNo Comments

    We know you’re stoked to “read the zine” so we’re now offering a deal every week. Here’s what we have going on this week. Two Year Subscription (with free copies of Vol. 12-14) for $34.99. The Desert by Luke Mehall for $19.99 If...

  • The Salajeet Collectors (Or Flying Squirrels in Pakistan) by Amanda Forrest

    May 28, 19 • 2553 Views • DirtbaggingNo Comments

    This story starts and ends with a chicken. On a bright morning in a high valley of the Hindu Kush, the doomed bird lay pinned atop a low stone wall that had been built by local goat herders. One sharp birdie eye looked up into the cloudless sky, the heavens a...

  • Going Out To Come Home by Stacy Bare

    May 27, 19 • 3827 Views • Locations1 Comment

    The night was cold, and where the moon and stars shone around patches of clouds, they were incredibly bright. There was no ambient light out here. I was standing on a half-finished patio attached to a half-finished house in an otherwise empty summer-herding...

  • Climbing Past War by Stacy Bare

    May 26, 19 • 9169 Views • Locations1 Comment

    The uninitiated, those who don’t climb, always ask me why I do. I normally begin my response with the statement that I don’t climb enough. I’m a marginal climber at best and am thankful for many far superior climbing partners who humor me struggling up...

  • Suicide and Pirates by Andrew Allport

    May 17, 19 • 7340 Views • Locations5 Comments

    My father taught me how to climb, just as he taught me how to play guitar and ski—badly, I could say. But that isn’t quite right. Perhaps impatiently or unevenly. As a teacher, he managed to combine a sense of high expectations with a stunning lack of...

  • Susie and The Gnar by Joshua Smith

    May 1, 19 • 292 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    Some are blessed by fate With thews and spines of steel, Some work hard and fiercely fight To rise above the common weal. Words by Joshua Smith from Volume 15, now available Susie packed a bit of both In a frame of five foot three And to her the words on...