Some years ago, I listened to Terry Gross interview a successful Las Vegas businessman on National Public Radio. Terry asked what it was like to be a resident of Vegas, working and living as one would in any Ame­rican city. Was it strange, difficult or disorienting? “Well,” the businessman replied “Las Vegas is the best place in the world to start a business, not really work very hard, be successful, and live the good life” — he paused for a moment — “if you have no weaknesses. But if you do, this town will find them, and destroy you.”
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