December 10, 1989 |
"I used to like this town . . . a long time ago. There were trees along Wilshire Boulevard. Los Angeles was just a big dry sunny place with ugly homes and no style, but good-hearted and peaceful. It had the climate they just yap about now. Little groups who thought they were intellectual used to call it the Athens of America. It wasn't that, but it wasn't a neon-lighted slum either." --Private detective Philip Marlowe talking about his hometown in "The Little Sister," by Raymond Chandler, 1949.