Thursday, September 27, 2007

Palisades Park and Del Ray Beach Club

"We drove away from Las Olindas through a series of little dank beach towns with shack-like houses built down on the sand close to the rumble of the surf and larger houses built back on the slopes behind. A yellow window shone here and there, but most of the houses were dark. A smell of kelp came in off the water and lay on the fog. the tires sang on the moist concrete of the boulevard. The world was a wet emptiness." (149)

"There was a winking yellow light at the intersection. I turned the car and slid down a slope with a high bluff on one side, interurban tracks to the right, a low straggle of lights far off beyond the tracks, and then very far off a glitter of pier lights and a haze in the sky over a city. That way the fog was almost gone. The road crossed the tracks where they turned to run under the bluff, then reached a paved strip of waterfront highway that bordered an open and uncluttered beach. Cars were parked along the sidewalk, facing out to sea, dark. The lights of the beach club were a few hundred yards away." (150)

Pictures of Palisades Park and the Bel Air Bay Club were taken from "Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles" by Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward.

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