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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

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1-17-09 Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side

Posted by Sean on January 18, 2009

Lou Reed may seem like an odd choice after Kate Wolf, but I don’t think so.

There was a time, many years ago, when I had to get up at 4 a.m. to go into work. Now, Las Vegas is supposed to be a 24-hour town, but a drive down its backroads (read, the ones besides the Strip) instantly puts the lie to that. It was a lonely drive into work, with the streetlamps the only sign that there was anyone or anything still alive in the city. Even the partiers, the drunks and the druggies have to sleep sometime, and they do it in the hours just before dawn.

And, as is traditional for me, I’m writing this half asleep and in the early hours of the morning, long after prudence, piety, common sense and my body say I should be asleep in bed. This state of mind does strange things to you. Jack Kerouac and his ilk called this sublime state “beat”. You’re beat not because you’re hip, but because you’re beat: your mind and body are exhausted, your defenses are down and you’re open to new experiences… possibly dangerous experiences, certainly not experiences you’d have if you were right in your head.

Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side captures the feel of this time of day for me – of an exhausted city beautiful even in its savagery, calling out to me.

Video by DJ Fuggi.

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