RARA-AVIS: RE: Gault and Ellroy

From: Dick Lochte ( dlock@ix.netcom.com)
Date: 12 Apr 2001

The weird thing is that James claims to have been influenced by Macdonald. He dedicated one of his books to Kenneth Millar.

About Gault, considering that he wrote several Joe Puma novels, the way he treats the guy in "The Cana Diversion" is very cold, indeed. Makes for a good story, though.

> From: Moorich2@aol.com
> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Gault & Ellroy
> The panel topic was something along the lines of "mystery writing as
> literature." The audience reaction to Ellroy's performance
> gradually shifted
> from amusement at the spectacle to irritation and some hostility.
> At some
> point, Ellroy decided to read an example of great literature in
> mysteries.
> He did not name the writer but launched into the reading and it
> went a bit
> long. Worse yet, the writing was not that impressive. It
> sounded like it
> belonged in the "hey, ma, look I'm writing" school of overdone
> prose. This
> impression was partly due to the selection of material but
> perhaps more to do
> with Ellroy's reading that dripped pretension.
> When he finally stopped there was a moment of silence and from
> down the panel
> Gault asked "Who wrote that?"
> A loud and triumphant sounding Ellroy proudly announced, "Ross Macdonald!"
> Still silence. Then Gault said simply, "He shouldn't have."

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