Double Down - A Blog

Apr 25, 2019 | Posted by Jennifer Battisti
Bristlecone in Blue 
By Jennifer Battisti
Ascending takes effort.
My hamstrings protest; dizzy spells,
a cold sharp ache coiling in my ears,
my mind like an open door— all the flies let in, the bodies below, still
waiting on warm asphalt.
There seems no good reason to climb mountains anymore.
We left our grieving city, the sound of trauma still audible
beneath our heavy sips of air
switchback after...
Apr 17, 2019 | Posted by Staff of Nevada Humanities


Congratulations to all of our 2019 Nevada Humanities awardees who will be honored at the ...

Apr 11, 2019 | Posted by Fawn Douglas

I remember the late ‘80s in Las Vegas. The city of Las Vegas was growing, and we walked in areas that were on the edge of development. We walked through the dirt side of Craig Road, near the old Craig Ranch in North Las Vegas. I am with my grandmother with our empty plastic bags in hand from the grocery store. Cars honk at us as they speed by. I feel embarrassed, roll my eyes, “Gramma! Why do we have to be here?” Kicking rocks...

Apr 4, 2019 | Posted by Heather Lang-Cassera

Image/Michael Cassera

After Reckless Abandon
By Heather Lang-Cassera

We drove east just far enough
to be one time zone closer.

We stopped for fuel,
& waded through

some sort of white light.
We pawed at cans of Campbell’s soup,

a water gun,
a box of Tylenol,

& a superhero
Kleenex box.

We became today’s
postmodern desert outlaws

a strange...

Mar 28, 2019 | Posted by Ashley Vargas


The Path Home

Mar 21, 2019 | Posted by Max Stone


As the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra heads into its 50-year anniversary season this March, Laura Jackson, music director of the Reno Philharmonic, gave an insiders perspective into...

Mar 14, 2019 | Posted by Staff of Nevada Humanities

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Mar 7, 2019 | Posted by Frank Bergon


The rural West and its small towns get a bum rap. Or no rap at all. That’s what I hear from friends and relatives everywhere from Battle Mountain, Nevada, to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, to Madera, California, all places where I’ve lived...

Feb 28, 2019 | Posted by Kimberly Roberts

Figure 1: ...

Feb 21, 2019 | Posted by Stephanie Gibson


The John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) had its grand opening on January 25, 2019, in Reno. With the advent of this new space in the middle of campus at UNR, it is fitting that the museum’s inaugural exhibition is one that contends with the authority of these exhibition spaces, while interrogating the mission and legacy of institutional collection and display practices. Artists Sameer Farooq and Jared Stanley challenge notions of authenticity, attribution, and provenance in museum work, while poking fun...