Why does Las Vegas inspire so many writers?
Question: Why does Las Vegas inspire so many writers?
Charles Bock: I remember reading being Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas probably when I was 15, 14 my older brother’s - it was one of my older brother’s books and I took it and start to read it and I didn’t get it at all, it was a way over my head, but I liked it. I really liked it in the bats.
And just there is John O’Briens book its just heartbreaking especially when you know that the end the man came to and some other things. His sister is a writer, who has written about him a fair amount and some of its just makes you want to collapse, because its just heartbreaking.
But a lot of writers in the past 10 years have put moments of books in Las Vegas. [Don] DeLillo just last year put part of Falling Man there and Hardy Anderson’s Turn of the Century and William T. Vollmann’s - The Royal Family of the top of my head. These are three that are quick fiction run through there.
And I think part of it is that at this moment or in the past 10 years it’s become all of pop culture. All of the American trait for instant gratification and all the, we want it now, and we want the bigger, better, faster, louder thing. Vegas has crystallized it. And that makes it interesting for anyone to come and check out.
For me that was a starting point. What are the lives of the people who keep this going, who live in love and have all the hopes and dreams that all of us do in and who are keeping this industry alive.
January 30, 2008
It's all of pop culture..and instant gratification."
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If you want to know what makes a Canadian lynx a Canadian lynx a team of DNA sequencers has figured that out.
- A team at UMass Amherst recently sequenced the genome of the Canadian lynx.
- It's part of a project intending to sequence the genome of every vertebrate in the world.
- Conservationists interested in the Canadian lynx have a new tool to work with.
If you want to know what makes a Canadian lynx a Canadian lynx, I can now—as of this month—point you directly to the DNA of a Canadian lynx, and say, "That's what makes a lynx a lynx." The genome was sequenced by a team at UMass Amherst, and it's one of 15 animals whose genomes have been sequenced by the Vertebrate Genomes Project, whose stated goal is to sequence the genome of all 66,000 vertebrate species in the world.
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It is easy to see how one can look at 66,000 genomic sequences stored away as being the analogous equivalent of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It is a potential tool for future conservationists.
But what are the practicalities of sequencing the genome of a lynx beyond engaging with broad bioethical questions? As the animal's habitat shrinks and Earth warms, the Canadian lynx is demonstrating less genetic diversity. Cross-breeding with bobcats in some portions of the lynx's habitat also represents a challenge to the lynx's genetic makeup. The two themselves are also linked: warming climates could drive Canadian lynxes to cross-breed with bobcats.
John Organ, chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Cooperative Fish and Wildlife units, said to MassLive that the results of the sequencing "can help us look at land conservation strategies to help maintain lynx on the landscape."
What does DNA have to do with land conservation strategies? Consider the fact that the food found in a landscape, the toxins found in a landscape, or the exposure to drugs can have an impact on genetic activity. That potential change can be transmitted down the generative line. If you know exactly how a lynx's DNA is impacted by something, then the environment they occupy can be fine-tuned to meet the needs of the lynx and any other creature that happens to inhabit that particular portion of the earth.
Given that the Trump administration is considering withdrawing protection for the Canadian lynx, a move that caught scientists by surprise, it is worth having as much information on hand as possible for those who have an interest in preserving the health of this creature—all the way down to the building blocks of a lynx's life.
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