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Author Fox, William L., 1949-
Title In the desert of desire : Las Vegas and the culture of spectacle / William L. Fox.
Imprint Reno : University of Nevada Press, ©2005.

Author Fox, William L., 1949-
Subject Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Cultural policy.
Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Civilization.
Popular culture -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
Arts -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
Art museums -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
Zoos -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
Dance companies -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 186 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-186).
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.
Note Print version record.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Summary 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 and nonprofit enterprises. His purview ranges from casino art galleries to the dismally underfunded Las Vegas Art Museum; from spectacular casino animal collections to the city's lack of support for a viable public zoo; from the environmental and psychological impact of lavish water displays in the desert to the artistic ambiguities of Las Vegas's floating world of showgirls, lapdancers, and ballet divas. Given that Las Vegas has been a harbinger of national cultural trends, Fox's commentary offers insight into the increasing commercialization of nature and culture across America.--From publisher description.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2011 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
ISBN 9780874176520 (electronic bk.)
0874176522 (electronic bk.)
9780874175639 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0874175631 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 62195203
Additional Format Print version: Fox, William L., 1949- In the desert of desire. Reno : University of Nevada Press, ©2005 0874175631 (DLC) 2005007131 (OCoLC)58526774

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