Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Down These Mean Streets a Man Must Go, 76

We still have dreams, but we know that most of them will come to nothing. And we also most fortunately know that it really doesn't matter. - Chandler.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Down These Mean Streets a Man Must Go, 108

"by literature I mean quite simply any sort of writing at all that reaches a sufficient intensity of performance to glow with its own heat." - Chandler

Monday, December 15, 2008

Down These Mean Streets a Man Must Go, 77

This is not an age of reason or tolerance, but in Hollywood you don't learn to be a hero. You learn to be expedient--or you get to hell out. - Chandler

Down These Mean Streets a Man Must Go, 146

Having just read the admirable profile of Hemingway in the New Yorker I realize that I am much to clean to be a genius, much too sober to be a champ, and far, far too clumsy with a shotgun to live the good life. - Chandler

The Long Goodbye, ?

'A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice, and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow.'

Farewell, My Lovely, 122

The house itself was not so much. It was smaller than Buckingham Palace, rather gray for California, and probably had fewer windows than the Chrysler Building.

The Lady in the Lake, ?

This is the ultimate end of the fog belt, and the beginning of that semi-desert region where the sun is as light and dry as old sherry in the morning, as hot as a blast furnace at noon, and drops like an angry brick at nightfall.