Sunday, August 4, 2013

Esotouric offers Raymond Chandler bus tour Aug. 10

Esotouric's "Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place" bus
WHEN: Saturday, August 10, 11:30am-3:30pm (repeats October 26)
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 or call 213-373-1947

In August, 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.

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 LAVA special event schedule (free events
Sun. August 4 - South L.A. Road Trip: Hot Rods, Adobes, Googie & Early
Sat. August 10 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
Sat. August 17 - Boyle Heights & The San Gabriel Valley: The Hidden
Histories of L.A.'s Melting Pot
Sat. August 24 - The Lowdown on Downtown
* Sun. August 25 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at
* Sun. August 25 - Broadway on My Mind walking tour #2 (info at
Sat. September 7 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat. September 14 - Weird West Adams crime bus tour
Sat. September 21 - Eastside Babylon crime bus tour
Sat. September 28 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour
* Sun. September 29 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at
* Sun. September 29 - Broadway on My Mind walking tour #3
Sat. October 12 - Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour
Sat. October 19 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Sun. Oct 20 - Crime lab seminar: Los Angeles 1920-1947: The Birth of
Forensic Science (info at
Sat. October 26 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
Sat. October 26 ­ LAVA Literary Salon: A Charles Bukowski Evening (info at
* Sun. October 27 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at
* Sun. October 27 - Broadway on My Mind walking tour #4
Sat. November 2 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Sat. November 9 - Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles
Sat. November 16 - East Side Babylon crime bus tour
Sat. November 23 -Weird West Adams crime bus tour
* Sun. November 24 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at
* Sun. November 24 - Broadway on My Mind walking tour #5

Esotouric's Kim Cooper and Richard Schave are proud members of LAVA - The
Los Angeles Visionaries Association.

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