Above is part one of a compelling documentary about Raymond Chandler, who we've talked a little bit about in class. Chandler is in many ways considered the "Noir Laureate" of Los Angeles. The writing is infused with wonderful imagery. Chandler is the master of metaphor and simile. It's what marks his voice. He's often mimicked but can't be duplicated fully. There is a beautiful lyricism in his prose about a place that promised so much yet broke so many hearts.