Auld Lang Sigh

Weary of millennium hype and commercialism, more and more of us are opting for a New Year's Eve that is simple--and meaningful

People would pay good money--people are paying good money--to be in Richard Wiley's shoes come Dec. 31, 1999. Living in Las Vegas, the novelist and English professor has a front-row seat for what aims to be the ultimate New Year's bash. Vegas, riding a wave of momentum as a rejuvenated, all-purpose vacation hot spot, set out years ago to own this holiday--and, after all, whether you're staging a thousand-year bash or the apocalypse, Babylon-by-Hoover-Dam is a pretty natural choice. Can you think of a better place to be for the millennium?

"I can't think of a worse place to be for...

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