“(Reblogged from textiscomplicated)
Yes, I am exactly like the characters in my books…I have friends from all walks of life. I have fourteen telephones on my desk, including direct lines to New York, London, Paris, Rome and Santa Rosa. My filing case opens out into a very convenient portable bar, and the bartender, who lives in the bottom drawer, is a midget. I am a very heavy smoker and according to my mood I smoke tobacco, marijuana, corn silk and dried leaves. I do a great deal of research, especially in the apartments of tall blondes. I get my material in various ways, but my favorite procedure consists of going through the desks of other writers after hours. I am thirty-eight years old and have been for the last twenty years. I do not regard myself as a dead shot, but I am a pretty dangerous man with a wet towel. But all in all I think my favourite weapon is a twenty dollar bill.
— Raymond Chandler, Raymond Chandler Speaking