One Inch Wonders #13: Literary Las Vegas

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July 18, 2011 by markstani

This is an essential collection for anyone remotely interested in maybe the craziest, most contradictory city on earth. Its twenty-four pieces include excerpts from Tom Wolfe and Hunter S Thompson as well as old newspaper and magazine articles covering everything from gambling to nuclear testing, mafia dons to down-and-outs. They hit the jackpot most times. (pub. 1995 by Owl Books)

Vegas never had a chance, not in America, the land of moral cleansing. Once a prodigious sanctuary of greed, indulgence, materialism and victimless crime, Vegas was doomed from the day Bugsy Siegel, who built the Fabulous Flamingo, started bragging about what a good time everybody was going to have. A town like Vegas ends up becoming a family-destination resort or it dies.

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