How did we get into this economic mess? In The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010, $28), Michael Lewis, a financial insider with both personal experience on Wall Street and as an accomplished investigative reporter, chronicles the run-up to The Great Recession. Lewis manages to make the financial world—subprime mortgage bonds and derivatives and those who created them and those who saw them as the risky investment vehicles they proved to be—understandable, fascinating and darkly risible. I guarantee you will come away both much better informed and angrier than you already are.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products