I took a couple of hours out of the mini-book tour to take in a movie (Match Point) in Santa Monica with Adrian Maher. Adrian hosted me when I was working on the book in Los Angeles, took a class from Carey McWilliams in the late 1970s, and now makes television documentaries.
The trailer we saw was for Ask the Dust, the Robert Towne movie based on John Fante's 1939 novel. Fante was one of McWilliams's best friends. I taught Ask the Dust this week in my California Culture class at San Francisco State. Coincidence? You be the judge.