It’s Nevada, which, thanks to its demographic, geographic and cultural diversity, serves as the setting for stories in just about every genre of literature — even if its roster of homegrown authors with widespread literary acclaim is, frankly, a bit shorter than it ought to be.
Nevadans will celebrate 150 years of statehood on Oct. 31, but residents of a small town near the state’s eastern border are getting two sesquicentennials in one year.
On lonely highways from Pahrump to the state capital, you can still find signs of a rare and controversial business as old as the mining camps that helped put Nevada on the map. Just follow the trademark spinning red lights.
Nevada is the nation’s biggest gold producer, the bullion behemoth behind 75 percent of all U.S. gold output. In fact, if the state were its own country, Nevada would rank in the world’s top five for gold production.
A pattern exists when profiles are written about Oscar Goodman, whether it’s The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker or the Review-Journal. First, nary a profile is written without a reference to “mob lawyer turned mayor.”
A host of dignitaries, U.S. Navy veterans and others turned out at the state Capitol in Carson City on Friday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the launching of the famed battleship U.S.S. Nevada.