Regarding a Pair of Tattoos
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 November 2010
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It’s been eight years since I’ve gotten a tattoo, and the two I’ve already got are beginning to ask what’s taking so long.

Things We Like: “Assault on Precinct 13″ and Haunted Las Vegas
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Posted in Things We Like on 30 October 2010
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John Carpenter’s first “real” movie remains one of his best. Also: The ghosts of Las Vegas live in plain sight … for now.

A Perfect Hair Interlude
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 30 September 2010
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In 1990 I met the captain of David Copperfield’s dance team. She was shopping for atmospheric music to back up the boss’ vanishing-widget shtick, and I volunteered to make him a tape.

Stupid Dreams I Have Had About Celebrities
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 27 September 2010
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Cloris Leachman appeared in my dreams last night. I’m always happy to see her, and heaven knows she deserves as many roles as she can get.

By Night Known as Mr. Clay
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 September 2010
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In 1990, I met comedian Andrew Dice Clay in Las Vegas. His reputation preceded him: People were saying he was a lousy tipper and an obnoxious jerk.

Things We Like: “Heavy Metal Parking Lot,” Penn Jillette Sightings and Sad Don
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Posted in Things We Like on 11 September 2010
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Killing time in the parking lot before a 1980s Judas Priest show. Also: Penn Jillette appears on the horizon, and Don Draper emotes in a variety pack.

Becoming a Camera
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 6 September 2010
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Photography is a learning process that eventually becomes a skill, and it’s a skill that eventually becomes a sense. I’m getting there.

The Lost Films of Ginger Grant
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 9 August 2010
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Each film portrays a stunning beauty of her day (1961’s Miss Hourglass — so named for having sand in all the right places!) at the height of her acting prowess.

Hollywood by Hearse
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 2 August 2010
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Hollywood Forever Cemetary reminds me of Los Angeles in the late 1990s, when I met Creepy Hearse Guy in a film studies class and fell in love.

Airborne Thoughts on Hometown Pride
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 20 July 2010
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Every day I feel what it is to be a Las Vegan — to be underestimated at every turn, to be judged a hard-drinking frat boy, to be thought artless and bereft. And I use it to my advantage.