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Richard Hoffer

Richard Hoffer, the Santa Barbara-based writer who examines Sin City's reason for being in "Why Vegas?", visits that fast-growing city as many as 10 times a year to report on boxing for Sports Illustrated. "Vegas always makes me laugh," he says. "It's excess just for the sake of excess. It's a glorious hallucination." He also wrote the acclaimed boxing book A Savage Business: The Comeback and Comedown of Mike Tyson.

From the writer

  • Disneyland Turns 50

    A writer examines the history of Walt Disney's creation and the decades of fun at places like Frontierland and Fantasyland.

  • The Lure of Las Vegas

    There's no sense insisting on logic when you're staying in a pyramid, down the street from the Statue of Liberty, a few doors...