His purview ranges from casino art galleries to spectacular animal collections like those of magicians Siegfried and Roy and Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef exhibit, from the environmental and psychological impact of lavish water displays in the arid desert to the artistic ambiguities intrinsic to Las Vegas's floating world of showgirls, lapdancers, and ballet divas. This compelling, disturbing discussion of entertainment and the arts in Las Vegas shows how our insatiable modern appetite for extravagance and spectacle has diminished the power of unembellished nature and the arts to teach and inspire us, and demonstrates the way our libertarian society privileges private benefit over public good.q--BOOK JACKET.Las Vegas, says William Fox, is a pay-as-you-play paradise that succeeds in satisfying our fantasies of wealth and the excesses of pleasure and consumption that go with it.
|Title||:||In the Desert of Desire|
|Author||:||William L. Fox|
|Publisher||:||University of Nevada Press - 2005|