Literary Las Vegas

Anna Stothard, who has just made the Orange Prize longlist, goes in search of the places famous writers found decadence and excess in Sin City. Her guide to the underworld is Huntington Press author Matt O’Brien.

March 24, 2012

“Hunter would be disgusted, right?” says a man’s voice. I look up from my copy of Fear and Loathing to see that my literary tour guide for the evening has turned up. Local journalist and author of Beneath the Neon, Matthew O’Brien has bought himself a Slurpee – although you get the sense he’d rather have a whiskey – and sits down next to me. “All these arcade games would have been the same, though,” he says, sweeping his hand over our surroundings and taking my book off me. “Shoot the pasties off the nipples of a 10ft bull dyke and win a cotton-candy goat?” he reads from a marked passage.

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