In this hot and heavy political season, The New York Times columnist Gail Collins’ latest book, As Texas Goes… How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (Liveright, $26), is a must read. By turns sharply insightful and hilariously funny, Collins makes the case that much of the source of current conservative political positions (everything from sexual abstinence to banking deregulation and expanding gun rights) comes from Texas and the mythos Texans have constructed about themselves. And for Nevadans, it’s fascinating to read about a state that rivals us in terms of rankings (50th in spending on mental health, 43rd in high school graduation, and first in uninsured children, for example). Very engaging, stimulating reading.
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 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.