On Wed, 5 Sep 2001, Mark Sullivan wrote:
> And if California, and LA in particular, is the
preferred setting for
> noir (along with NY), why? Is it simply because the movie industry drew
> so many writers? (If so, were they writing about LA or their native
> cities before they moved out there?) Or is there something about
> California that made/makes it a good setting?
Someone wrote (I can't remember who it was and I think it was
a Finnish critic) that Los Angeles and California are the
quintessential hardboiled place because that's where the
movement toward the West finally stops. There's nowhere to
go, because no one wants to go back.
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