it was a movie and certainly before it was a song, "Leaving
Las Vegas" was a novel written by the late John O'Brian.
The book details it's alcoholic protagonist, Ben, and his slow
but sure suicide by drink. Ben goes to Las Vegas to escape,
"the frozen tundra of two to six" in reference to the
California state liquor laws, and it in Sin City that he meets
a prostitute, Sera "with an E." They form a partnership
based on the agreement that she will never ask him to stop drinking
and she is ok with that.
of Las Vegas is an obvious death reference.
For the record,
the film version of this book was one of those rare instances
when a film almost captures the aura of the book on which it was
some choice excerpts from O'Brians' last novel
concern's Ben and his self appraisal...
times like this he likes to think of his life as one big piece
of performance art. Not structured enough to be an actual
play, it is full of irrationality and minuscule details and can
only be viewed from the inside out. Once. By him.
If he doesn't black out. He titles this episode: Pinching
pennies and prostitutes-frugal fucking in LA"
Next we have
Sera's occupational overview...
squeeze their life into her, all they are, all they don't even
know about themselves. Their biology stands at the helm
of their bodies. that's a real fact, true on any level.
Then and there, absolutely, though perhaps exclusively, she has
to eat but...
protest begins in his outraged stomach."
an overpriced hooker would be a good choice, someone to accept
his last blast of semen, his final genetic statement. Too
well paid to douche in his hotel room, the girl would leave with
soggy underpants and shower at home. Hours later, the last
of his DNA-possibly surviving him-would be wiped off the back
seat of a cab with a paper towel."