City of Wonders
Vegas has had a tough couple of years, but it’s still a leading contender for the most interesting place in America…and it still makes for some great pictures. This one shows Interstate 15, just outside the city, and it comes from Strip Search, a photographic journey through everything Vegas has to offer, from pink Cadillacs to packed boxing arenas.
More importantly, it’s got a reprint of one of the best essays ever written about the city, Tom Wolfe’s early-60s opus, “Las Vegas (What?) Las Vegas (Can’t hear you! Too noisy) Las Vegas!!!!”—you know, the one that begins with a paragraph-long repetition of the word “hernia.” You can read part of it here if you’re intrigued, or just wait for the book in full.
- — Russell Brandom