Paul and Terra

Thacker Pass: There and Back Again, or
Summons to an Unknown Desert

I spent several weeks during 2021 in Nevada at Thacker Pass, fighting a lithium mine. Reflecting on this time—nearly two years after my first visit to Peehee mu' huh (as the pass is named in Paiute)—I find that it's hard to put words around everything that is happening there. This is apparently not a problem I had at the time, because I wrote all of the following essays:

"There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places." —Wendell Berry