Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Jack Klugman reading.
Observations for future stories-yours or mine.
People seem to arrive and depart Las Vegas at all hours of the night. There are rooms for $25 for people only needing one briefly and not for the usual short-lease reasons.
People greet you with good luck rather than good morning.
There is no seating in the hotel lobbies. If you want to sit down, you must play a game. The slots actually tell you they are not for sitting. You can also go into the restaurants and shows, of course. But no public seating.
Just like there is a fake Paris, a fake Venice, a fake New York-most of the shows seem about fakery-people pretending to be other people, people doing magic, that sort of thing. I wonder when this became Las Vegas.
Everyone smokes. It was hard to get away from it although they seem to spray perfume all over you too. My clothes smelled of both.
There are people in the casinos every hour of the day. Few of them look like they're having fun. Most of them have a drink, a cigarette, oxygen with them.
The food was surprisingly good. I didn't do a buffet but the regular restaurants were as good as anywhere--maybe a little more pricey though.
Why does the Jersey Boys Las Vegas cost more than the Jersey Boys on Broadway. All the shows were really expensive.
I attended three conference panels. In one, a guy older than me read two hundred haikus, mostly about his dead wife's sexuality. I don't think she would have approved. Another panel considered MAD MEN but only through the lens of Foucalt and the other post-modern theorists. (Academics can ruin any subject). The third panel had a good paper on in-house Las Vegas bands in the sixties and seventies. If anyone ever can use detail from this, I have her card.
In the Liberace Museum, they did not have much of any films/videos that showed him. Why? I imagine a lot of people have never seen him perform. They also refused to discuss his sexuality. Why?
Las Vegas is ugly. There is no profit in greenery. Nature keeps you outside. They want you inside.
I found Las Vegas endlessly fascinating. I'm going to read about, watch movies, but never return.
Okay. Las Vegas is officially over. Thanks.