Underground Reading: Nightmare in Pink by John D. MacDonald
Loot x Borderlands

"San Francisco is the most depressing city in America. The come-latelys might not think so.... But she had lost it, boy. She used to give it away, and now she sells it to the tourists. She imitates herself. Her figure as thickened. The things she says now are mechanical and memorized. She overcharges for cynical services. Maybe if you are from Dayton or Amarillo or Wheeling or Scranton or Camden she can look like magic to you because you have not had a chance to see what a city can be."   -  John D. MacDonald, The Quick Red Fox (1964)