Dusk approaching, the sky becomes, in West's words, "one of those blue and lavender nights when the luminous color seems to have been blown over the scene with an airbrush."
Certainly, he had the seediness part down. At least two dozen bars in L.A. boast that "Bukowski drank here" before his death in 1994. You're told that Bukowski fans, in tribute, often drink, smoke and fornicate upon his grave.
All you see at plot 875, with its headstone overlooking Palos Verdes mansions to the right and the port of San Pedro to the left, are two wilted flowers in a cup, rain-soaked and missing a few petals.
His epitaph reads: "Don't try."
A perfect noir image.
IMMERSED IN L.A.'S NOIR PAST
—Los Angeles Police Historical Society Museum
6045 York Blvd., Los Angeles
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. third Saturday
$8 general (ages 13 to 61); seniors $7; children (12 and younger), free.
—Museum of Death
6031 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; $15.