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The 50 Coolest Fictional Cities

38. Houstatlantavegas

First Appeared: "Houstatlantavegas" (2009)
Founding Father: Aubrey Graham
Notable Residents: Sad strippers, Anonymous customers, Drake

It's a city of the mind, Houstatlantavegas, a place where all the strippers cry real tears in between shifts but their mascara never runs. Where Drake will always be melancholy, a Prince Hamlet for today, staring at his own reflection in the mirror and seeing a life projected back at him that he's not entirely comfortable with. Success is rotten. He's shifting from foot to foot in the strip club's bathroom, everything blurry around the edges and bright like neon from the lean. He's going to walk back out there and tell her how much she means to him. Still, he can't help himself; he imagines the event like a scene from a movie and he can't help but critique all the performances, his own especially. So he stands there, paralyzed, Aubrey Graham as Drake and his reflection in the bathroom mirror. She's trapped in Houstatlantavegas, but if she can accumulate enough scratch she can leave. In Drake's shoulders and eyes you can read the expression of someone who cannot make the same claim about his own exit from the prison he himself has erected.

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