Quotation by Raymond Chandler

I used to like this town.... Los Angeles was just a big dry sunny place with ugly homes and no style, but good-hearted and peaceful.... Now ... we've got the big money, the sharpshooters, the percentage workers, the fast dollar boys, the hoodlums out of New York and Chicago and Detroit—and Cleveland. We've got the flash restaurants and night clubs they run, and the hotels and apartment houses they own, and the grifters and con men and female bandits that live in them. The luxury trades, the pansy decorators, the Lesbian dress designers, the riff-raff of a big hardboiled city with no more personality than a paper cup.
Raymond Chandler (1888–1959), U.S. author. Philip Marlowe, in The Little Sister, ch. 26 (1949).
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