Quotation by Raymond Chandler

The overall picture, as the boys say, is of a degraded community whose idealism even is largely fake. The pretentiousness, the bogus enthusiasm, the constant drinking and drabbing, the incessant squabbling over money, the all-pervasive agent, the strutting of the big shots (and their usually utter incompetence to achieve anything they start out to do), the constant fear of losing all this fairy gold and being the nothing they have never ceased to be, the snide tricks, the whole damn mess is out of this world.
Raymond Chandler (1888–1959), U.S. author. Letter, January 12, 1946, to publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).

Chandler preceded this tirade against Hollywood by stating, "Do not think I completely despise it, because I don't...."
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