Stephen Mejias at stereophile us truly passionate in his hatred of Las Vegas. (HERE)
He writes, "It's no surprise that Stephen King chose Las Vegas as the headquarters of evil when he wrote The Stand." YES!
My hatred for Las Vegas is juvenile and irrational and represents what is probably the last strand of my nearly resigned defiance for all things bourgeois, fascist, bogus, and generally lame. I’ve softened up a lot over the last 10 years, but Vegas hardens me anew. I hate Las Vegas. The place is soulless, hollow, utterly putrid, infested with sickness, vice, and abandon, driven by all that is dirty and unholy (I kinda like that part, actually), and, above all, fake. So incredibly fake, in fact, that one just has to marvel at its surface shine, its cardboard towers and phony waterfalls, its ridiculously realistic gondolas and Parisian skies.
. . . In Las Vegas, you have to wait years before you can safely cross the quietest of streets. Who built this city, anyway? Oh, yes: Criminals.That's wonderful! And leads to a quick question: Do any other cities qualify to be the headquarters of pure evil? Of course, in the Bible, Babylon takes first prize, followed by Rome -- called the "Beast" and the "Harlot." That's pretty nasty!
So, nominate away: What other cities qualify for Randy Flaggs base of operations?