Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Ellroy on Mosley and Clinton

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 23 Jul 2002

Clinton always had a book with him and, if fiction, something hardboiled. From C-SPAN, I recall Mosley and <?> the sports agent with the psycho sidekick. When asked about the book du jour, he'd have praise. I don't recall that he ever announced a favorite, but his reading habits had to be good for publishing in general and the authors he read in particular. I wonder if there's ever been an article listing or analyzing his reading choices.

Joy, who also wonders what he's reading now

Mark said of Ellroy:
> Someone asked him what he thought of Mosley. He was dismissive. He
> made some catty remarks about how terribly PC it was that Clinton had
> named Mosley as his favorite mystery writer (clearly implying that it
> should have been Ellroy). He then scoffed that Mosley could not
> possibly have written Red Death without having read his own Big Nowhere
> (that's the one with the Commie stuff, right?), even though, according
> to Ellroy, Mosley had claimed never to have read it. Ellroy seemed to
> be serious miffed with Mosley.

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