Mattia's Fortune Cookies

What was I doing here? What was the meaning of this trip? Was I just
roaming around in a drug frenzy of some kind? Or had I really come out
here to Las Vegas to work on a story? Who are these people, these
faces? Where do they come from? They look like caricatures of used car
dealers from Dallas, and sweet Jesus, there were a hell of a lot of
them at 4:30 on a Sunday morning, still humping the American dream,
that vision of the big winner somehow emerging from the last minute
pre-dawn chaos of a stale Vegas casino.

Johnny Depp (alias Raoul Duke / Hunter S. Thompson),
from "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", Terry Gilliam, 1998

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