But I don't care what Hedges says...the dancing fountains at the Bellagio are awesome!
Fake Eiffel Tower at Vegas
Las Vegas sells a cartoon version of other cultures and other lands....the guts and sinews of every theme-park hotel and casino, however, hold the same, mind-numbing slot machines, roulette wheels, and blackjack tables, A trip to Las Vegas is a visit to a sanitized, cutout version of foreign countries without the intrusion of foreign people, the hassle of unintelligible languages, strange habits, different ideas and traditions, or bizarre food. Here everyone speaks English...Here, once you get past the facade, it is all the same....
Friday, March 11, 2011
Las Vegas, America's Corrupt Heart
One of the most compelling books I've read in a long time--Chris Hedges' Empire of Illusion--has this passage on Las Vegas, in the context of a devastating chapter on American pornography: