Re: RARA-AVIS: He's Everywhere!

Date: 25 May 2001

He was similarly ubiquitous in the UK. He did personal appearances, interviews, Black Dahlia was discussed by him on a radio book club - hosted, rather strangely, on an aircraft carrier! And, he had a substantial documentary devoted to him on the BBC. I hope he does sell lots having just read and enjoyed the Cold 6000 very much. I saw him speak at the Cheletenham Festival and he put on a good show, however from watching the doc and listening to several interviews it is apparent that Elroy operates almost to a script, and almost certainly "in character" as the Demon Dog of American Literature tm. He name-checked Delillo as an influence here as well. By the way, I don't have a problem with the way he operated, and he was extremely entertaining, just an observation that he does assume a persona and that a lot of his speech follows similar riffs.
"You're a big man, but you're out of shape" Colin (the whinging poodle of lists tm)

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