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Apocalyptic Appeal Lands Las Vegas In Books, Movies

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Jarret Keene is a fan of the apocalypse.

He’s edited books about it, played music about it, and now he’s giving a talk about it.

Keene is an assistant professor in residence at UNLV, and on March 28 he’ll give a lecture about Las Vegas' apocalyptic appeal. The talk is called “Sin City Apocalypse: Writing and Editing Las Vegas Dystopian Futures.”

“There are so many wild and crazy stories about Las Vegas that appear in the national and international news and I find those to be emblematic of the allure of Vegas,” Keene said.

Keene said Las Vegas offers both pleasure with a sense of danger, which makes it a perfect setting.

“I think that’s really the attractions of a city and why it makes for such a great setting for fiction, particularly in the post-apocalyptic sub-genre,” he said.

As for a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas in his own writing, Keene said he is attracted to the idea of our city that is slightly off.

“I just find the idea of a Las Vegas slightly askew or ruined to be very intriguing."

There is also the idea of the iconic Strip, a symbol of a good time, luck and wealth, laid waste like in disaster films like 2014's "Godzilla."

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“Once New York, LA and DC are flattened, what’s the next city? Well it has to be, it deserves to be Las Vegas,” Keene said. 

 

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Jarret Keene, assitant professor in residence, UNLV English Department

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