Deanne Stillman

Deanne Stillman brakes for sand. Her latest book is the critically acclaimed "Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History," a Rolling Stone "must-read for the summer" and an Amazon editors' pick for July 2012. It's based on her Rolling Stone piece, "The Great Mojave Manhunt," which appears in Best American Crime Writing '06 and was a finalist for a PEN journalism award. Her previous book was "Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West" (Houghton Mifflin), a Los Angeles Times "best book 08," and well-reviewed in the Atlantic Monthly, the Economist, NPR's "On Point," Seattle Times, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Tucson Citizen, Albuquerque Journal, and elsewhere. She also wrote the bestseller "Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave," recently published in a new, updated edition by Angel City Press, with a foreword by T. Jefferson Parker and preface by Charles Bowden. It was originally a Los Angeles Times "best book 2001," and Hunter Thompson called it "a strange and brilliant story by an important American writer."

In addition, she is the author of "Joshua Tree: Desolation Tango" (University of Arizona Press), a celebration of Joshua Tree National Park with photographs by Galen Hunt. Her work has appeared in the LA Times, Slate, the LA Weekly, the New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, the Boston Globe, Orion, the Huffington Post, the New York Observer, Tin House, the Village Voice, and elsewhere, and in various anthologies. Her plays have won prizes in theatre festivals around the country. She is a core faculty member of the UC Riverside low-residency MFA creative writing program at Palm Desert, and she also writes the "Letter from the West" column for

Let us consider the image on the driveway of Broadwell's two-story home in an upper middle-class neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina. It was either drawn in chalk or "power-washed" (whatever that means), and it says "Dad Hearts Mom." Except the heart is drawn and it really says "heart's".
Okay kids, Seamus, let's rally!...We can't waste any time!...After all, we're headed for the White House, right Ann? Seamus, come on, hop in...Nothing but the best seat in the house for you, big guy!...Boys, did you bring your real estate workbooks?
"It's one thing for a rape victim to give birth to Ethel Waters," said Karl Rove, revealing his little-known fondness for the blues. "But we really have to draw the line at the Devil."
The shooting of a cop in Texas parallels the story recounted in "Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History," about a deputy killed in the Antelope Valley and life on the other side of Los Angeles County.
Do homicide rates drop during times of war? For the past nine years, there has been less testosterone on the streets...
With the 75th anniversary of the park approaching, the Supreme Court has been asked to hear a plan for the mega-dump at Eagle Mountain.
The magnificent mustang that survived an infamous holiday massacre passed away this year, while across the West, wild horses remain under siege.
Jihad and cash offers meet American soldiers during the Gulf War, and beyond.
Two farmers win battle to protect Joshua Tree National Park from world's largest dump.
The Biblical year 5770 means new legislation for wild horses and burros must be passed immediately.
When it comes to the wild things, the Times generally gets it. But in this case something is deeply amiss.
With wild horses heading off the American stage, it's time to remember our equine veterans.
Spector tried to contain the mess, starting on the night it happened.
A one-act play about a middle-class homeless family living at a scenic overlook and waiting for a phone call from a polling organization. What happens when the head of the household isn't available?
Ten years ago this week, 34 wild horses were gunned down outside Reno. But they did not die in vain: it is now a felony to kill a wild horse on state lands in Nevada. And the lone survivor has a new family at a sanctuary in Carson City, Nevada.
We stripped the Indians of their ponies, and now we're doing it to ourselves.
Time to emancipate Billy, the last elephant at the LA Zoo.
On the passing of the big-hearted Tony Hillerman, my college writing instructor.
The play "Equus" is about a horse killing in the UK - the kind of thing that has been going on in the American West for decades.
You know it's fall when Yankee Stadium is gone.
It came from the Lifetime Channel: mom who wastes wildlife, attends PTA meetings, and loves Queen Esther becomes bizarre role model for American women.
George Bush compares the "angry left" with the North Vietnamese, but it's the angry right that made McCain cry uncle.
Prefiguring Trigger's imprint on Hollywood and Vine by eons, Miocene hoofprints are embedded on a Mojave wall.
Let us also remember our equine war veterans, and the four-leggeds who gave their all to re-enact our dreams.
"Small bookstores are doomed, unless the people who own and run them have deep pockets."
Peel off the layers of the "Love and Consequences" deception and there's an epic novel being written.
In which I learned at a 9/11 meeting that Bonny Bakley was fated to meet Christian Brando.
Lower-level treat of the year
"Holy cow! That thing is headed for Barstow!"
*Media ignores another kind of loss (with updates, including animal casualty count for Griffith Park fire)
I don't know how I could have gotten through a certain part of my life without KNAC, the late, great...
While everyone is trying to figure out what happened in the jury room, the problem in the Spector case goes much deeper and involves the women who testified about Spector's violent past - and the men who didn't.
Here's a link to my Independent piece about the collision between Lana Clarkson and Phil Spector, as promised in my...
Six months after Lana Clarkson was found dead of a gunshot blast to the face in Phil Spector's Alhambra mansion,...
Will changes at the Los Angeles Times reverse a decades-long policy of not taking big LA stories seriously? Not likely.
August 5 marks the 44th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death. As always, there is talk of how she died. Did...

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