A Journalist Goes To Vegas And...
Journalist goes to Las Vegas for X days, drinks debauches and ends up going to church or sitting in on gambling addiction support group or sleeping with the storm drain people or hanging with hookers in Pahrump or looking for God in Death Valley while documenting everything through disdain colored glasses.
The Huffington Post/AOL/TechCrunch contributor Paul Carr is going to spend the next 33 days staying one night each in all of the strip's casinos and documenting the entire affair. I suspect after five days of it, he's going to start spending four days at Wynn one day at Excalibur, three days at Cosmo, one day at Riviera, five days at Aria/CityCenter, one day at Circus Circus. Little does he know that moving from hotel to hotel every day eats up about 4 hours of the day.
But haven't we seen this before? And by truly great writers? Hunter S. Thompson went to Vegas not to write Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but to cover the Mint 400 and the cops convention as a journalist, what he found was that the story wasn't about the race or convention, it was that the ideals of the 1960's counterculture - his American Dream - had fizzled out and died.
And what about A. Alvarez' biograph of the halcyon days of the World Series of Poker, in perhaps the greatest book about poker ever written The Biggest Game in Town.
Or maybe James McManus' truly electric Positively Fifth Street which documents how his trip to Las Vegas to cover the Ted Binion murder trial and women in poker turned into his final table appearance at the World Series of Poker.
And then there is the book which Carr's entire premise appears to be pilfered from: 24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down. 24/7 is Andres Martinez' 1998 account of heading to Las Vegas for... 30 days with.... $50k in publishers advance money where he... stayed in 10 different casinos and... gambled at least $1k per day. He hung out with sex workers, cops, in church, with gambling addicts and swore to spend time away from the bright lights of the strip too.
Perhaps Mr. Carr should stay home and keep Fappleing about the latest shiny gagetry from Cupertino.
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