On Saturday September 28th, 2012 the JAMES M. CAIN BIRTH OF NOIR bus tour rolled out of The Big Bang Coffee Shop parking lot in downtown Los Angeles, hosted by histnoirians (my own coinage of historian + noir) Kim Cooper and Richard Schave, owners and operators of ESOTOURIC TOURS. Cain is often cited as “the father of hardboiled,” and very few writers possess his startling vision and insight into dark side of human nature. My very favorite of his novellas is SERENADE, and the tour did not disappoint: great emphasis was given to the story, including a nod to Cain’s operatic influences. Only histnoirians could somehow dig up a photo of Cain’s own opera-singing mother–just one of a full slide and movie-clip presentation screened on the bus’ on-board video screen. Here are some highlights from the day. –Elaine Ash
WHOOPS, I’VE JUST BEEN CORRECTED: It was not James M. Cain who spent his entire check, it was John Fante’s hero, Arturo Bandini. My apologies.
Planning a trip to Los Angeles? Don’t miss one of the incredible noir tour-offerings from Kim and Richard at Esotouric. Check them out: http://esotouric.com/