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Literary Las Vegas: The Best Writing About America's Most Fabulous City
Literary Las Vegas brings together the best writings from this neon outpost in the desert. Ranging from the hilarious to the tragic, these pieces provide what Nick Tosches calls a "Baedecker to the bizarre, a Virgil in shades, not only to the holy city but to the off-the-rack soul that we, one nation under Frankie's toup, so strangely and fatally share." Incisive, enterta...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 15th 1995 by Holt Paperbacks
(first published July 1995)
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Mar 25, 2015 Lisa Gallagher rated it liked it
A collection of writing about Sin City, Las Vegas. Nick Tosches introduces this anthology of mostly non-fiction. Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing..." is excerpted. Noel Coward's Vegas gig of is covered and, in my favorite story, Susan Berman (the victim in one of Robert Durst's alleged murders) recounts her childgood growing up the daughter of a numbers man for the Mob. Marked mostly by stories of the '50s and '60s, this is a great little history lesson for anyone curious about the glory ...more
Literary Las Vegas offers an eclectic mix of quality writing about Las Vegas by some of the most gifted modern writers. The offerings are less consistent in their tone and quality than some of the other collections I have read. However, the pieces that stand out here are so good that they smooth over any poor selections in the book. I especially liked Memoirs of a Gangster's Daughter, The Biggest Game in Town, How I Got Cultured: A Nevada Memoir,and The Odds on Anything.