“California is a place in which a boom mentality and a sense of Chekhovian loss meet in uneasy suspension; in which the mind is troubled by some buried but ineradicable suspicion that things better work here, because here, beneath the immense bleached sky, is where we run out of continent.”   -Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem When the Sierra Nevada vacation ended, I ran out of … Continue reading Whiplash

Unraveling in Nevada

People always talk about going to Vegas or Reno to gamble, and I don’t know why. Anyone who’s actually been to Nevada knows that it doesn’t greet you with a traditional Welcome sign; it greets you with a blast of neon lights from casinos in every direction as far as you can see. The second you cross into Nevada,¬†everything¬†becomes a casino in addition to whatever … Continue reading Unraveling in Nevada