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Wish You Were Here: Stories and Essays Inspired by Fabulous Las Vegas Postcards [Kindle Edition]

Kristen Peterson , Lissa Townsend Rodgers , Corey Levitan , Greg Blake Miller , Maxwell Alexander Drake , Lindsey Leavitt , Quentin R. Bufogle , Maile Chapman , Scott Dickensheets
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Wish You Were HereStories and Essays Inspired by Fabulous Las Vegas PostcardsThe postcard is a brilliant piece of pop culture. These simple, lightweight rectangles of good cheer serve many functions at once: They are glimpses of a special place, vessels of memory, fragments of story — and, for those that survive, little capsules of history. That’s especially true of postcards from Las Vegas, one of the most visually dynamic, changing, meaning-packed locales in the world. Inspired by iconic Sin City postcards, eight of the city’s best writers delve deep into their imaginations to conceive short stories and essays that cast a fresh eye on a place you only think you know. The writers are Quentin R. Bufogle, Maile Chapman, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Lindsey Leavitt, Corey Levitan, Greg Blake Miller, Kristen Peterson and Lissa Townsend Rodgers. Editor: Scott Dickensheets.

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Scott Dickensheets is the editor of Las Vegas CityLife, and of CityLife Books. For nearly eight years he edited the Las Vegas Weekly, and before that served variously as an editor and writer at the Las Vegas Sun and at Las Vegas Life magazine. Over the years he has written for Playboy, Esquire, Desert Companion and many other magazines and websites, some now defunct, others just funct. Among the topics he’s written about: the MGM fire, murder, Andre Agassi and the funny side of death. A 40-year

Lissa Townsend Rodgers was born in bucolic upstate New York. (Sprung from the same soil as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Ed Wood!) She eventually moved to New York City and then attended New York University, where she majored in journalism and minored in philosophy and cinema studies. (I'd see Joey Ramone on my way to class and he'd offer to carry my books.)

She worked as an editor for a number of publications/websites in NYC (Four Seasons Grammy parties and box seats at the Metropolitan Opera;

Kristen Peterson moved to Las Vegas from Minneapolis in 1993. She covered arts and culture for the Las Vegas Sun and is now a staff writer for the Las Vegas Weekly.

Greg Blake Miller's travels as a writer have taken him from the teeming, occasionally frozen boulevards of Moscow, Russia, to the idyllic, more-than-occasionally-soaked hills of Eugene, Oregon. But his hometown always seems to call him back, proving you can take the kid out of Vegas but you can't take Vegas out of the kid (even when he's not such a kid anymore).

Corey Levitan wrote the popular "Fear and Loafing" humor column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was named 2011 columnist of the year by the Nevada Press Association, four months after the Review-Journal named him no longer valuable enough to employ. Currently, he writes about what's left of his life for DAVID magazine, blogs about TV for and runs a website,, that his mother thinks should be "toned down with the language a bit."

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  • File Size: 6377 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CityLife Books (October 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Works About Sin City August 8, 2013
This is a great collection of stories and essays about real life and otherwise in Las Vegas. There's even a zombie story in it, which I think is great. Some of the pieces are about the downside of Sin City, dashed hopes and dreams, others are about the history, and future hopes. Really enjoyed it and recommend it. Also, it's a great cover and a brilliant concept using old postcards of Vegas as a kind of writing prompt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 17, 2013
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This is a great collection of short stories and essays. It's a mixture of fiction and non-fiction stories about life in Las Vegas, inspired by old postcards. Pictures of the postcards that inspired the stories are included in the book, and I think this makes the collection even more special. Having read Horse Latitudes by Quentin R. Bufogle, and following his blog, I am a fan of his writing, so was keen to read the short story he contributed to the collection. That is probably the only reason I read the book, and didn't really know what to expect. I'm so glad I decided to read it, though, as I enjoyed all of the stories, the fiction and the non-fiction. It's one of the best books I've read recently, and I would highly recommend it. It's a quick read, with many fascinating insights into the famous city and the people who live there, or who have lived there. There are essays that give interesting accounts of historical events in the city, the comings and goings of celebrities etc. I was hooked from the first page, and I don't really have any favourite stories from the collection because I enjoyed all of them immensely. If you want to find out more about Las Vegas and the people who live there, this is a wonderful place to start. Many of the stories evoke the sense of disappointment or disillusionment, and Las Vegas is painted as the place where many go to fulfill their dreams, but few succeed. It continues to be a place that people find fascinating, however. A fabulous and inspired collection. Well worth reading.
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