Saturday, June 16, 2007

Chandler makes the call...

"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."

From a letter dated January 12, 1946 from Raymond Chandler to publisher Alfred A. Knopf. He's talking about Hollywood of course, but his words can be applied perfectly to so many modern initiatives.


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