Double Indemnity-themed play Billy & Ray flops in New York. Our bus tour much more fun! (And we know that Raymond Chandler didn’t fall off the wagon until The Blue Dahlia.) 
New York Times says “From start to finish, the play is flat as a strip of celluloid.” 
New York post says “If you want drama, rent the movie.”
 

Double Indemnity-themed play Billy & Ray flops in New York. Our bus tour much more fun! (And we know that Raymond Chandler didn’t fall off the wagon until The Blue Dahlia.) 

New York Times says “From start to finish, the play is flat as a strip of celluloid.” 

New York post says “If you want drama, rent the movie.”

 

Today we set out on a time travel trek through Raymond Chandler’s noir Los Angeles. 

Scenes from our travels in the footsteps of Beth Short, in her last weeks of life before the Black Dahlia murder made her an eternal Angeleno.

Save the May Company building from obtrusive digital signage! You still have until Tuesday, October 14 to email City Planning with your vote not to treat the landmark “stack of pennies” building as nothing more than an armature for billboards. 
Send your email to Luciralia Ibarra, Environmental Analysis Section, Department of City Planning, luciralia.ibarra@lacity.org and reference Case Number: ENV-2013-1531-EIR. For more info, visit http://banbillboardblight.org/preserving-l-a-s-past-motion-picture-academy-wants-to-festoon-historic-building-with-advertising-signs/
Here’s Kim’s email—feel free to borrow some of her language if you agree.
To: Luciralia Ibarra
Environmental Analysis Section
Department of City Planning
Case Number: ENV-2013-1531-EIR
luciralia.ibarra@lacity.org

Dear Ms. Ibarra,
I am writing to share feedback on the signage component of the DEIR for the Academy Museum project in the Historic-Cultural Monument May Company Building (Case Number: ENV-2013-1531-EIR).
As an architectural historian and Los Angeles tour guide, whose business is showing the gems of our city’s built environment to thousands of tourists and interested locals each year, I am very concerned about the massive, unusual and obtrusive digital signage proposed for the exterior of the building, including alteration of its central gold pillar with an outline of the Oscar (TM) figural logo, illuminated five-story supergraphic signs on three of the buildings corners, and the filling of its window bays. 
Since 1939, the Streamline Moderne May Company building has stood at attention at  the Western end of the Miracle Mile, a sculptural masterpiece of glittering gold and elegant black and white horizontals. It is a work of art. To wrap it so completely in digital signage would serve to make an Historic Cultural Monument nothing more than the armature for a billboard. This is an inappropriate and insensitive proposal that the Department of City Planning must discourage. The Academy Museum should use unobtrusive printed signage that does not overwhelm or architecturally transform its landmark building. 
I beg you to preserve the beautiful architectural vista at Wilshire and Fairfax for the benefit of future generations of Angelenos and all lovers of the Streamline Moderne. I am sure I am not the only native Angeleno whose earliest memories include eagerly looking for the “stack of pennies building” as my family drove through the Miracle Mile.
Thank you for your consideration, and best regards,
Kim Cooper
Esotouric bus adventures
http://www.esotouric.com

Save the May Company building from obtrusive digital signage! You still have until Tuesday, October 14 to email City Planning with your vote not to treat the landmark “stack of pennies” building as nothing more than an armature for billboards. 

Send your email to Luciralia Ibarra, Environmental Analysis Section, Department of City Planning, luciralia.ibarra@lacity.org and reference Case Number: ENV-2013-1531-EIR. For more info, visit http://banbillboardblight.org/preserving-l-a-s-past-motion-picture-academy-wants-to-festoon-historic-building-with-advertising-signs/

Here’s Kim’s email—feel free to borrow some of her language if you agree.

To: Luciralia Ibarra

Environmental Analysis Section

Department of City Planning

Case Number: ENV-2013-1531-EIR

luciralia.ibarra@lacity.org

Dear Ms. Ibarra,

I am writing to share feedback on the signage component of the DEIR for the Academy Museum project in the Historic-Cultural Monument May Company Building (Case Number: ENV-2013-1531-EIR).

As an architectural historian and Los Angeles tour guide, whose business is showing the gems of our city’s built environment to thousands of tourists and interested locals each year, I am very concerned about the massive, unusual and obtrusive digital signage proposed for the exterior of the building, including alteration of its central gold pillar with an outline of the Oscar (TM) figural logo, illuminated five-story supergraphic signs on three of the buildings corners, and the filling of its window bays. 

Since 1939, the Streamline Moderne May Company building has stood at attention at  the Western end of the Miracle Mile, a sculptural masterpiece of glittering gold and elegant black and white horizontals. It is a work of art. To wrap it so completely in digital signage would serve to make an Historic Cultural Monument nothing more than the armature for a billboard. This is an inappropriate and insensitive proposal that the Department of City Planning must discourage. The Academy Museum should use unobtrusive printed signage that does not overwhelm or architecturally transform its landmark building. 

I beg you to preserve the beautiful architectural vista at Wilshire and Fairfax for the benefit of future generations of Angelenos and all lovers of the Streamline Moderne. I am sure I am not the only native Angeleno whose earliest memories include eagerly looking for the “stack of pennies building” as my family drove through the Miracle Mile.

Thank you for your consideration, and best regards,

Kim Cooper

Esotouric bus adventures

http://www.esotouric.com

Scenes from our new crime tour, ECHO PARK BOOK OF THE DEAD. Saturday’s debut excursion was sold out, and went swimmingly. This tour will repeat in early 2015—come ride! http://www.esotouric.com

cladriteradio:

You know how when you’re in the middle of one book that you’re enjoying well enough, but then you buy another book dirt cheap for the Kindle, and you read one chapter of it, just to get a taste of it, and it makes you want to put aside the book you’re reading, but you’ve already done that once with this book and there’s no way you want to have to start all over with it again?That happened to us.THE KEPT GIRL by Kim Cooper, an L.A. historian and author, is a mystery novel set in 1929, the protagonist of which is the mystery author Raymond Chandler, back before he was an author, when he was a young(ish) executive for an oil company. The book involves other historical figures and actual events and the first chapter was engaging enough to make us want to keep reading. But we’ll stick it out with the entertaining-in-its-own-right-but-still… CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL, dang it, as much as we’re tempted to switch.

cladriteradio:

You know how when you’re in the middle of one book that you’re enjoying well enough, but then you buy another book dirt cheap for the Kindle, and you read one chapter of it, just to get a taste of it, and it makes you want to put aside the book you’re reading, but you’ve already done that once with this book and there’s no way you want to have to start all over with it again?

That happened to us.

THE KEPT GIRL by Kim Cooper, an L.A. historian and author, is a mystery novel set in 1929, the protagonist of which is the mystery author Raymond Chandler, back before he was an author, when he was a young(ish) executive for an oil company. The book involves other historical figures and actual events and the first chapter was engaging enough to make us want to keep reading. But we’ll stick it out with the entertaining-in-its-own-right-but-still… CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL, dang it, as much as we’re tempted to switch.

Found on the new Raymond Chandler map: the noirish Bryson, whose landlord was Fred MacMurray.

http://www.thekeptgirl.com/2014/09/chandlermap.html

Found on the new Raymond Chandler map: the noirish Bryson, whose landlord was Fred MacMurray.

http://www.thekeptgirl.com/2014/09/chandlermap.html

Text by our own Kim Cooper and available on the crime bus! 

vintageanchorbooks:

The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles

(via vintagecrimeblacklizard)

Some lovely places with strange histories that we saw on our Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour.

Pity poor Marion. Her last date began with dancing at the Rendezvous, and ended in a terrified daze, stumbling through the brambles of Elysian Park.
We’ll remember her and so many others on Echo Park Book of the Dead, our first new crime bus tour in five years. Debut excursion October 4. Come ride! 
http://esotouric.com/echoparkbookofthedead

Pity poor Marion. Her last date began with dancing at the Rendezvous, and ended in a terrified daze, stumbling through the brambles of Elysian Park.

We’ll remember her and so many others on Echo Park Book of the Dead, our first new crime bus tour in five years. Debut excursion October 4. Come ride! 

http://esotouric.com/echoparkbookofthedead