When Japanese socialite Reiko Kawasaki died suddenly in Las Vegas in 2010, it set off a series of surprising revelations and court battles pitting her son against her “husband” — and offered an invaluable lesson about life, death and trust.
The Mojave Desert is large, and it contains multitudes: It’s a landscape, of course, and an ecosystem, obviously (several, in fact), yet it’s also a resonant emptiness, a zone of conflict, a culturescape, a headspace and much more. If you task yourself with documenting and interpreting it, no single piece of writing, no film, photo series or art project could possibly be adequate.
I have purchased hundreds of books in thrift stores. Fiction, nonfiction. Hardbacks, paperbacks. Academic doorstops, 150-page pocketbooks. It’s all there if you look closely. You can build an impressive library on the cheap — typically $1 to $3 per book.
Fifth grade is a difficult time for girls in the best of circumstances; the first signs of puberty bring unsettling questions of gender and identity. It’s even tougher for kids like Liz Leigh-Wood, who can’t rely on their parents for support.
Blue Ox is a Minnesota joint, and you can taste the Minnesota in this sandwich: the sturdy rectitude of the roast beef; the homey, calorie-rich comfort of the cream cheese; the modesty of the cole slaw, all piled Bunyan-high on a white roll.
The ethos of Las Vegas may be new, new, new, but, actually, we’re a wise old city underneath. Shiny new subdivisions, constant Strip evolution and Downtown makeover aside, Las Vegas continues to be a major retirement magnet.
Burning Man recently marked its 29th year as a counterculture festival. Amid growing concerns that the event has been co-opted by the rich and powerful, Desert Companion was leaked the program for 2016’s event.