Fear and Loafing

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"Fear and Loafing" was a newspaper column by Corey Levitan that ran from January 2006 to June 2011 in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada's largest newspaper. In each column Levitan took on a local job, that he was entirely unprepared to handle, for a day and then wrote about his experiences. The column ran in the Features section and quickly became popular among Las Vegas based readers.[1]

The idea[edit]

The idea for the Fear and Loafing column came to Levitan after an awkward journalistic experience Levitan had while writing for the Daily Breeze newspaper in Torrance, California. Levitan had been assigned to cover a nearby nudist camp, but found that none of the members were interested in talking to anyone wearing clothes. Levitan said about the experience: “I was completely awkward and out of my element." After the success of that story, Levitan thought that he could repeat the success of that story in future stories by also placing himself inside his writing in a manner that would provide humor to the reader. Levitan also says that writer George Plimpton’s attempt to join the Detroit Lions and the writing Plimpton did about his experience affected his idea for the column. Levitan makes it clear that there is a major contrast between Plimpton and himself: Plimpton sought adventure, whereas Levitan is “more George Costanza.” [2]

Multimedia[edit]

Fear and Loafing featured accompanying video sections throughout the running of the column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. FearandLoafing is the official YouTube account of the Fear and Loafing column. Currently there are 23 videos posted on YouTube for public consumption from the archive of Fear and Loafing videos. There are 58 videos, from the Fear and Loafing column posted on Corey Levitan’s personal WordPress blog.[3][4]

About the author[edit]

Corey Levitan began his career in journalism with Circus magazine. He was with Circus magazine from 1995 to 1999. His writing received positive reviews and he got the opportunity to do first-person stories for both Playboy Magazine and the New York Post. He held contributing writer positions in both publications from 1999 until 2003 for Playboy and 2005 for the New York Post. In 2001 he took on a full-time journalist position for the Daily Breeze where he covered jobs in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. He left the Daily Breeze in 2005 when he took a position in the Features section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. After his employment at the Review-Journal was terminated, he began writing for David Magazine, where he still writes. His website is coreylevitan.com. Levitan’s writing style is heavy on self-deprecating humor, sarcasm, and understatement. His descriptions of the issues that need to be negotiated daily in the jobs he takes on are detailed and very visual.[4][5]

Author's awards[edit]

  • 1st Place in Southern California Journalism Specialized Lifestyle Reporting - 2001
  • James S. Copley Ring of Truth Award in the Arts and Entertainment category – 2002
  • 1st Place in Southern California Journalism Entertainment/Criticism/Columns – 2002
  • 1st Place in Southern California Journalism Entertainment/Criticism/Columns – 2003
  • Nevada Press Association’s Best Local Column – 2008[4]
  • 1st Place in Nevada Press Association Awards Best Columnist - 2011 and 2008

Jobs covered and archive dates[edit]

Through the five years of Fear and Loafing, Levitan covered 250 jobs. They are, in his own words:

  • Stratosphere window washer – January 2, 2006
  • Chippendales dancer – January 9, 2006
  • Bounty hunter – January 16, 2006
  • Mayor of Mesquite, Nevada – September 5, 2010
  • Hay maker at Two Hawk Ranch - October 3, 2010
  • Showgirl at the Tropicana – September 7, 2008
  • Madam at the Chicken Ranch – July 7, 2008
  • Hofbrauhaus paddleboy – February 6, 2011
  • Personal assistant to Carrot Top – July 4, 2010
  • Mist sprayer at topless pool – July 2, 2007
  • Elvis impersonator – March 13, 2006
  • Prison guard – July 10, 2006
  • Porta-Potty cleaner – September 10, 2007
  • Porn store clerk – August 6, 2007
  • Sinatra in "Rat Pack is Back" – December 10, 2007
  • Sperm-washer – April 4, 2010
  • Temple cantor – March 24, 2008
  • Lutheran minister – March 5, 2007
  • Go-go boy in a gay bar – February 18, 2008
  • Midwife – February 1, 2009
  • Poolboy with a special surprise – June 7, 2009
  • Cat neuterer – September 6, 2009
  • Standup comic – August 2, 2009
  • Sparring partner – July 5, 2009
  • Imperial Palace "Dealer-trainer" – April 17, 2006
  • Fire-eater – December 7, 2008
  • Police dog training decoy – October 5, 2008
  • Hotel chambermaid – March 12, 2007
  • Bailiff – February 11, 2008
  • Tiger trainer – November 2, 2008
  • Colon hydrotherapist – November 19, 2007
  • World Series of Poker player – June 23, 2008
  • Fluff-n-Fold attendant for Heidi Fleiss – June 9, 2008
  • Housemom in a strip club – June 2, 2008
  • Construction worker on the Las Vegas Trump Tower – August 21, 2006
  • Sushi chef – April 14, 2006
  • Magician – April 7, 2006
  • Venetian statue – July 31, 2006
  • Garbageman – January 23, 2006
  • Basketball player – December 4, 2006
  • NBC-TV weatherman – May 1, 2006
  • Female impersonator – May 15, 2006
  • Mermaid in a casino aquarium – January 21, 2008
  • Fireman – June 6, 2010
  • Roofer – June 25, 2007
  • Hooker card distributor – September 11, 2006
  • Aerialist – June 12, 2006
  • Caesar at Caesars Palace – April 28, 2008
  • Male model – April 21, 2008
  • Strip club DJ – March 7, 2006
  • Air Force fighter jet crew chief – April 14, 2008
  • House of Blues gospel singer – July 17, 2006
  • Spanish-language TV news anchorman – March 1, 2009
  • Tow-truck driver – March 6, 2011
  • Belly dancer – November 12, 2007
  • Nevada Power lineman – August 20, 2007
  • Roadie for Rush – August 13, 2007
  • Fremont Street bulb-changer – May 8, 2006
  • Las Vegas Gladiators mascot – April 24, 2006
  • Burglar alarm responder – May 3, 2009
  • Lounge singer – April 5, 2009
  • Mobile hooker billboard driver – March 7, 2010
  • Air-conditioner repairman – August 1, 2010
  • Golf caddie – February 7, 2010
  • Clown at a gay rodeo – October 23, 2006
  • Lake Mead fish stocker – January 3, 2010
  • Tennis instructor – October 4, 2009
  • Masseur – January 4, 2009
  • Tribal dancer – August 3, 2008
  • Shoeshiner – July 21, 2008
  • Mover – July 14, 2008
  • Used car salesman – June 30, 2008
  • Graffiti remover – June 16, 2008
  • Roller derby girl – May 19, 2008
  • Bet-taker in a drive-through sportsbook – January 28, 2008
  • Pigeon control officer – November 1, 2009
  • Little League player – May 2, 2010
  • Spin class instructor – May 12, 2008
  • Optometrist – May 5, 2008
  • Roulette dealer – April 7, 2008
  • Spray tan airbrush technician – March 31, 2008
  • Lance Burton's bird man – February 13, 2006
  • Escape artist – February 25, 2008
  • John Lennon in fake Beatles band – January 7, 2008
  • Conservative radio talk show host – December 31, 2007
  • Tap-dancer – December 24, 2007
  • Snakehandler – December 17, 2007
  • Birthday clown – December 10, 2007
  • Gravedigger – November 26, 2007
  • Practice goalie for the Las Vegas Wranglers – April 9, 2007
  • Jerry Lewis in The Scintas – April 2, 2007
  • Sonographer – January 14, 2008
  • Father to a baby simulator – January 2, 2011
  • Glass replacer on Skywalk – June 5, 2011
  • Breakdancer – May 1, 2011
  • Animatronics repairman – April 2, 2011
  • Dueling Non-Piano Player – December 6, 2009
  • Roller coaster walker – November 7, 2010
  • Haymaker – October 3, 2010
  • Ghost hunter – October 29, 2007
  • Bellhop – October 22, 2007
  • Factory worker – October 15, 2007
  • Bicycle racer – October 8, 2007
  • Strip club bouncer – September 4, 2006
  • Stock car racer – August 28, 2006
  • Sommelier – October 1, 2007
  • Date farmer – September 24, 2007
  • Taxidermist – September 17, 2007
  • Sign spinner – September 3, 2007
  • Stage hypnotist – August 27, 2007
  • Gas attendant – July 30, 2007
  • UFO hunter – July 23, 2007
  • Las Vegas Philharmonic conductor – July 16, 2007
  • Ice sculptor – July 9, 2007
  • Pooper-scooper – June 18, 2007
  • Daycare worker – June 11, 2007
  • Pyrotechnician – June 4, 2007
  • Florist – May 28, 2007
  • Valet parker – May 21, 2007
  • Gunslinger in Old West show – May 14, 2007
  • Day laborer – May 7, 2007
  • Mailman – April 30, 2007
  • Cruise ship captain – April 23, 2007
  • Pet psychic – April 16, 2007
  • Starbucks barista – March 19, 2007
  • Airplane pilot – February 19, 2007
  • Spotlight operator - January 29, 2007
  • Auctioneer – December 11, 2006
  • Bathroom attendant (in a gay bar) – November 27, 2006
  • Balloon pilot – November 20, 2006
  • Indoor skydiving instructor – March 3, 2008
  • Sex toys party host – November 13, 2006
  • Welder – May 26, 2008
  • Tax accountant – February 4, 2008
  • Milkman – November 6, 2006
  • Plumber – October 30, 2006
  • ABC-TV news helicopter traffic reporter – October 16, 2006
  • Train engineer – October 9, 2006
  • Road cleanup crew – December 18, 2006
  • Santa Claus – December 25, 2006
  • Gold's personal trainer – October 2, 2006
  • Actor in "The Sopranos Last Supper" – September 25, 2006
  • Dogcatcher – September 18, 2006
  • Working at the car wash – July 24, 2006
  • Batboy – July 3, 2006
  • Bingo caller – June 19, 2006
  • Sewer worker – June 5, 2006
  • Zookeeper – May 29, 2006
  • "Avenue Q" puppeteer – May 22, 2006
  • Counterterrorism training school cadet – April 10, 2006
  • Zamboni driver – April 3, 2006
  • Day trader – March 20, 2006
  • Sonic carhop – March 6, 2006
  • Radio stunt tackle boy – February 27, 2006
  • Bartender – January 30, 2006[1]

References[edit]

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5][6]

  1. ^ a b c "Archives". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Moye, David. "Las Vegas Writer Pads Resume With Crazy Jobs". aol news. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Levitan, Corey. "FearandLoafing". YouTube. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d LevitanC, Corey. "Corey *Levitan". Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Levitan, Corey. "Facebook". Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  6. ^ reviewjournal.com - Columnists: Corey Levitan