Vegas Seven

Essays

  • Next Exit

    Soaking Up Meaning: A Flood, a Honcho and the Significance of Clean Water

    Standing barefoot in the puddle in my house, I thought, what a waste of water. Never mind the rug, the books and the baseboards—this was the snowpack melting off of the Rockies, the water we need in Lake Mead, the type of clean, drinkable water West Virginians had recently lost to contamination—now soaking into the foundation of my guest bedroom.

  • The Week

    Happy New Year! Your Future Is Here.

    By Greg Blake Miller

    Hello! Are you still here? We thought perhaps you’d left. The party is over, you know. The beer you spilled has been mopped off the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont.

  • Next Exit

    State Needs to Resolve to Fix Mental Health System


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    By

    There are more pleasant occasions to take a walk down memory lane than a national public shaming of Nevada’s mental health system. And yet, here I am at the start of 2014 recalling the litany of problem-and-Band-Aid-solution stories that makes up our state’s mental health service history.

  • Next Exit

    The Nun Who Taught Me About Forgiveness

    By

    Sister Rosemary Lynch was the only human from whom I’ve sought divine forgiveness. I’m not Catholic. When I met her, I was in a hybrid Buddhist/Taoist/Pablo Neruda phase.

  • The Latest

    The Bennett Perspective

    By Matt Jacob

    Nobody saw it coming—not the fans, not the pundits, probably not even some chief decision-makers in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ organization. And right up to the moment when NBA commissioner David Stern said his name, not even Anthony Bennett saw it coming.

  • Next Exit

    Dear America: Pro Athletes Think You’re Soft

    By

    It occurred to me recently that Americans are insufficiently competitive. Pushovers, even. We’re too nice to our kids, undisciplined, and in need of a little more Bobby Knight.

  • The Week

    Faith in Generosity

    By Heidi Kyser

    The first piece of holiday-shopping junk mail I got this year also happens to be The Most Important Gift Catalog in the World. I know this, because it says so, right there on the cover, above a head shot of a sheep.

  • The Week

    The Things We’re Good At, We’re Good At

    By

    Sometimes an assortment of tried-and-true Vegas characteristics just lay themselves out in the shape of an absurdly cliché Vegas week: celebrated poker tournaments, failures in public education ... and the arrival of the first passenger compartment on a 550-foot-tall Ferris wheel.

  • Politics

    Battle Born, Poverty Bred

    By Michael Green

    Nevada tends to be at the top of the bad lists and at the bottom of the good lists. With Britney Spears soon to be performing here, it’s now appropriate to say, “Oops, we did it again.”

  • The Week

    For Soldiers, the Little Things Really Do Count

    By Heidi Kyser

    Just before Veterans Day, some six dozen Wounded Warriors and their caretakers will come to Las Vegas and be treated to a weekend on the town.

  • Next Exit

    Visibility and Survival in the Cultural Corridor

    By

    When I think of La Concha, I think of standing inside the famous clamshell motel lobby on the Strip in 2003 as an excavator chomped into the 40-year-old motel rooms behind it.

  • The Week

    The First Year of the Rest of Our ‘Life’

    By Geoff Carter

    For me, the Life Is Beautiful festival began several days early, when muralists from all over the world began painting their art upon previously inert Downtown walls.

  • Next Exit

    A World of Hurt

    By

    When the doctor touched the patient’s sore neck, she flinched in pain—ouch! And when she flinched, I flinched—eek!

  • Next Exit

    Green Dinosaurs and Dozens of Other Things to Be Grateful For in This Crazy City

    By

    It’s autumn. The Thanks-o-ween season. Or maybe that’s Hallowgiving. Anyway, while you’re busy shopping for an obnoxious costume, I’m getting started on a list of things to be thankful for.

  • About Town

    Turning Back the Clock on AIDS Awareness

    By Heidi Kyser

    In the 1980s, the LGBTQ community coalesced around the emerging HIV/AIDS epidemic. If ever you’ve wondered how that all worked out, you’ll get no more fascinating an answer than the community’s recent about-face.

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