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Kate HackettEnglish 298: The Literature of Place5/12/142. A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to aquestion, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again. (Margaret Mead).I believe that this quotation plays along with the ideas presented in the work The Big Sleepby Raymond Chandler.This book is an action packed detective story and shows the interconnected lives and events of characters living in the Los Angeles area. The beginning of the quotation—a city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question—exemplifies the whole plot of the story. In city like Los Angeles, things are happening constantly, and the events that detective Philip Marlowdeals with make it clear how action packed and fast-paced the city is constantly moving. For example, in one scene from the text, Marlow stakes out the house of Arthur Geiger looking for suspicious evidence. In only a matter of time there is a gunshot, a death and a naked woman laying on the floor. Actions progress without even having to wait to figure out what will happen next in this city. Through the eyes of the narrator, Maslow, we see how events continue to occur at any moment’s notice. During the stakeout Maslow notes, “At seven-twenty a single flash of hard white light shot out of Geiger’s house like a waveof summer lightening…At that exact instant, as if somebody has been waiting for the cue,three shots boomed in the house. There was a sound that might have been a long harsh sigh. Then a soft messy thump. And then rapid footsteps in the house—going away” (Chandler 33). This quote and sequence of events is direct example of how lively and fast-paced things are in the Los Angeles area. Through Maslow’s eyes we see that answers to our questionsand our interests will figure themselves out in no time and there is actually no need to wait a week in a city filled with drama and activity.
3. It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story. (Agatha Christie)The work I have chosen, which I believe correlates so well with this quotation, is the text Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell. Although this specific work is lengthy and focuses on four main large stories, I decided to hone in on one specific small work in the text to demonstrate just how true this quotation is. I chose to look at the chapter entitled, Up in the Old Hotel. This chapter focuses on the market restaurant called SloppyLouie’s. The chapter gives intuition on the details and history of the restaurant as well as the owner Louie himself. Sloppy Louie’s is a large restaurant that seats around eighty people and occupies the ground floor of an old building located at 92 south street.