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Jeffrey Vallance

The Gipper’s Ghost

Illustration by Jeffrey VallanceSince the death of Ronald Reagan, various ghostly phenomena have been reported up at the Reagan Ranch in the hills above Santa Barbara. Rancho del Cielo (cielo means “heaven” in Spanish) was Reagan’s favorite place in the world. The hacienda-style estate, neighboring Michael Jackson’s blighted Neverland, is......
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Total War

America can go to war without ever dropping a single bomb. First, research the target country’s favorite delicacies. Hire masterful gourmet chefs to prepare the dishes perfectly. Fly over the country and, with parachutes, drop tons of the delicacies upon the inhabitants. To have complete success, we might have to......
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Venice Biennale,Vegas Style

Illustration by Jeffrey VallanceTHE FAçADE OF THE NEW VENETIAN RESORT HOTEL Casino in Las Vegas, the latest casino to feature a "fine art" theme, is a pastiche of Venice, Italy's most famous architectural monuments -- all crammed together. The casino imported an architectural historian from Venice to oversee the construction......
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The Greatest Art Show on Earth

LAS VEGAS CASINO MOGUL STEVE WYNN IS NOT ONLY chairman of Mirage Resorts Inc.; he's also a gallerist. His Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (in the casino we've been hearing so much about) looks more like a museum, as it is loosely modeled after the Frick Collection in New York......

Off the Strip:

Visitors to Las Vegas usually navigate their way through the standard tourist attractions without much trouble. But locating the really intense stuff — extraterrestrials, eerie rock formations, weeping statues, caverns that lead straight to hell — can be considerably more difficult. To that end, we offer this guide to the......
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