Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Esotouric offers Raymond Chandler bus tour May 18

Esotouric's "Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place" bus
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2013, 11:30am-3:30pm
WHERE: Tour departs from the Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 West 7th Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90014.
COST: $58/person, includes complementary noir-themed gelato from Scoops
MORE INFO: visit http://www.esotouric.com or call 213-373-1947

LOS ANGELES- In May, Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company whose
tours reveal L.A.'s secret history, offers a bus tour dedicated to the
city's greatest detective novelist, Raymond Chandler, from the downtown
streets he roamed as a young oil executive to his uniquely poisonous
portrayal of the city's hustlers, heavies and suckers. The tour reveals the
secret historic city that still breathes under our modern streets, and
offers unexpected insight into the life and work of a beloved writer and his
immortal white knight detective hero Philip Marlowe.

And just to show that Chandler scholarship continues to evolve five decades
after his death, Esotouric's Raymond Chandler tour features a startling new
theory developed through Esotouric's original research. Get on the bus to
learn all about the idealistic Los Angeles policeman whose one-man crusade
against the evils of his own department is among the most convincing cases
for a real life prototype of the Philip Marlowe character ever proposed. And
you won't hear about him in any of the Chandler biographies, but only on the
Esotouric bus.

For more original Raymond Chandler research uncovered by Esotouric, see the
blog post "Raymond Chandler and the Creamery" about the criminal happenings
the young writer might have witnessed at his first job in Los Angeles, at
the link below.

And in 2011, Esotouric principals Richard Schave and Kim Cooper took a road
trip to San Diego to attend the moving Valentine's Day ceremony in which the
ashes of Raymond Chandler's wife Cissy (died 1954) were finally placed in
his (died 1959) grave, as both had intended. In keeping with their pledge to
share interesting Los Angeles lore on their tour bus and online, video and
photos from the ceremony have been posted at the Esotouric blog:


city that exists in shadowy parallels to contemporary LA.  Bungalows. Crime.
Hollywood. Blondes. Vets. Smog. Death. This was Raymond Chandler¹s city,
which resonated from deft and melancholy fits of his writer¹s bow. Join
Esotouric on an exploration of the city that shaped Chandler's fiction, and
that in turn shaped his hard-boiled times, in a four hour tour of downtown,
Hollywood and surrounding environs: Musso & Frank, Union Station, the Hotel
Van Nuys, Paramount Studio¹s gates, and beyond. Through published work,
private correspondence, screenplays and film adaptations, the tour traces
Chandler¹s search for meaning and his anti-hero Philip Marlowe¹s struggle to
not be pigeonholed or give anything less than all he has, which lead them
both down the rabbit hole of isolation, depression, and drink.

Get on the bus for a revealing time travel journey into the literary history
of Los Angeles, and discover the places and people who inspired Raymond
Chandler's timeless novels, screenplays and stories. And as a special treat,
the tour's complementary snack break features a selection of noir-themed
gelato flavors from the creative kitchen of Tai Kim's Scoops, the most
interesting and acclaimed ice cream shop in Los Angeles. Scoops doesn't
announce the featured flavors in advance, but Chandleresque offerings on
past tours have have included Coffee/Jack Daniels, Bacon/Caramel,
Guinness/Chocolate and even Nicotine (made with Nicorette gum)!

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule (free events starred)
Sat May 4 - Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour
Sat May 18 -  Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
* Sun May 26 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at lavatransforms.org)
* Mon May 27 - Tour of historic Savannah Cemetery (info at
Sat June 1 - Eastside Babylon crime bus tour
Sat June 8 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour
Sat Jun 15 ­ Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat June 22 - Weird West Adams crime bus tour
* Sun June 30 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at lavatransforms.org)
Sat July 13 - Charles Bukowski's LA
Sat July 20 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Sat July 27 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
* Sun July 28 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at lavatransforms.org)

Esotouric's Kim Cooper and Richard Schave are proud members of LAVA - The
Los Angeles Visionaries Association. http://www.lavatransforms.org

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