FIELD NOTE I: It took a full morning of listening to airport redevelopment PowerPoint updates, a commissioner apologizing for bad behavior, and more than a few references to Cliven Bundy's rage against the BLM machine. But by 12:30 p.m., Patrick Gaffey, Clark County Cultural Supervisor, and I introduced the idea of a Las Vegas / Clark County Poet Laureate to The Clark County Board of Commissioners. In absentia, Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani had materials ready for the board to review supporting the idea. The next step is a full presentation and official discussion.
Hence, it's a go.
FIELD NOTE II: Since I had a full morning to sit in chambers and think, any transparency about blogging/reporting on cultural policy means being honest that it's also an attempt to influence policy. Or at least make it lucid, as I try do in Los Angeles. Is it Immersion Journalism? It may be, which is ironic since my comments to the board included how "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is the lazy prompt some journalists and writers use as a narrative for this city. When I start writing essays here, I may steer away from them coming out as a form of Gonzo Arts Journalism. Or, I can just let the hallucinations take hold.
Above: Krystal Ramirez “I Want to See More Brown Bodies” from 2017 will be reassembled at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art in Spring 2018.