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In the desert of desire : Las Vegas and the culture of spectacle

Author: William L Fox
Publisher: Reno : University of Nevada Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Las Vegas, says writer Fox, is a pay-as-you-play paradise that succeeds through its collective ability to fantasize our deepest desires, which in a consumer society mean vast wealth and the excesses of pleasure and consumption that go with it. In this context, Fox examines how Las Vegas's culture of spectacle has obscured the boundaries between high art and entertainment extravaganza, nature and fantasy, for-profit  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William L Fox
ISBN: 0874175631 9780874175639
OCLC Number: 58526774
Description: xvi, 186 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Edifice complex --
In the galleries --
Faking the museum --
Branding immortality --
Of lions and tigers --
Sharks in the sand --
Fountains and mountains --
Zumanity --
Plotting not to profit --
Paradise underfoot.
Responsibility: William L. Fox.
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