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"There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.” -Raymond Chandler - Author & Screenwriter

"There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.” -Raymond Chandler - Author & Screenwriter

Evoking Raymond Chandler's noir city in the LA Athletic Club bar. Tour hosts Richard Schave and Kim Cooper photographed by Ruth Waytz.

Evoking Raymond Chandler's noir city in the LA Athletic Club bar. Tour hosts Richard Schave and Kim Cooper photographed by Ruth Waytz.

As far as I’m concerned, Raymond Chandler is the finest writer of detective fiction the world has ever known. And his novel The Long Goodbye is, to my mind, the finest detective novel he ever penned. In it, the protagonist, Phillip Marlowe (the quintessential noir gumshoe) takes to drinking with a burned out rogue name of Terry Lennox. The following ensues: “We sat in the corner bar at Victor’s and drank gimlets. ‘They don’t know how to make them here,’ he said. What they call a gimlet is…

As far as I’m concerned, Raymond Chandler is the finest writer of detective fiction the world has ever known. And his novel The Long Goodbye is, to my mind, the finest detective novel he ever penned. In it, the protagonist, Phillip Marlowe (the quintessential noir gumshoe) takes to drinking with a burned out rogue name of Terry Lennox. The following ensues: “We sat in the corner bar at Victor’s and drank gimlets. ‘They don’t know how to make them here,’ he said. What they call a gimlet is…

Farewell, My Lovely (1940) by Raymond Chandler - His 2nd novel starts with private detective Philip Marlowe literarily thrown into a bar just because he was passing by. The next moment, he's the witness of a murder. He begins to follow up on the case because he has nothing better to do, and soon he's tied up in another murder, a blackmail case, a drug ring, and offshore gambling. The whole thing is very messy, and a lot of it turns out to be only tangentially related, which makes it feel…

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Farewell, My Lovely (1940) by Raymond Chandler - His 2nd novel starts with private detective Philip Marlowe literarily thrown into a bar just because he was passing by. The next moment, he's the witness of a murder. He begins to follow up on the case because he has nothing better to do, and soon he's tied up in another murder, a blackmail case, a drug ring, and offshore gambling. The whole thing is very messy, and a lot of it turns out to be only tangentially related, which makes it feel…

The Magician NYC lower east side: The décor is roughly L.A. noir: venetian blinds in the front windows and Raymond Chandler-appropriate overhead office lamps. Keeping it from being some irritating set piece is the jukebox, stacked with eighties sad-teen music like the Cure and the Smiths.

The Magician NYC lower east side: The décor is roughly L.A. noir: venetian blinds in the front windows and Raymond Chandler-appropriate overhead office lamps. Keeping it from being some irritating set piece is the jukebox, stacked with eighties sad-teen music like the Cure and the Smiths.

The Radical Pessimism of Dashiell Hammett: "The stories of Dashiell Hammett", Raymond Chandler once wrote, “gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse.” Here is a #longread about one of my favorite writers.

The Radical Pessimism of Dashiell Hammett

The Radical Pessimism of Dashiell Hammett: "The stories of Dashiell Hammett", Raymond Chandler once wrote, “gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse.” Here is a #longread about one of my favorite writers.

Musso and Frank Grill, since 1919. Famed watering hole for writers, including  F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Bukowski, William Faulkner, Raymond Chandler and Ernest Hemingway.

Musso and Frank Grill, since 1919. Famed watering hole for writers, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Bukowski, William Faulkner, Raymond Chandler and Ernest Hemingway.

RAYMOND CHANDLER Thoughts on whiskey: “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.”

RAYMOND CHANDLER Thoughts on whiskey: “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.”

It’s no coincidence that some of the greatest minds in history have had a strong affinity for a fine whiskey. Take Mark Twain for instance, who once spouted, “too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough." Then there's novelist Raymond Chandler, who seconded that notion with “there is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others," and playwright George Bernard Shaw, who equated the good stuff to “liquid sunshine.” To help you join…

10 Amazing Whiskey Bars Across the U.S. -- And Where to Stumble Home After

It’s no coincidence that some of the greatest minds in history have had a strong affinity for a fine whiskey. Take Mark Twain for instance, who once spouted, “too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough." Then there's novelist Raymond Chandler, who seconded that notion with “there is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others," and playwright George Bernard Shaw, who equated the good stuff to “liquid sunshine.” To help you join…

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