Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Laura, Gerald and James

Date: 05 Dec 2002

Kevin wrote:

> As for James Ellroy, we just rented JAMES ELLROY: DEMON DOG OF
> AMERICAN CRIME FICTION, a Austrian TV documentary that came out about
> the time of the publication of WHITE JAZZ. It's like rubbernecking a
> car wreck - fascinating, but then we feel guilty for looking. This
> isn't the calm, articulate Ellroy that we saw on that PBS PAGE TO

> SCREEN thing a few nights ago, this is the tiresome pretentious jerk
> who we all know and love, playing up the myth of big bad America for
> the Europeans. He wants us to take him seriously, but he comes off as
> a Robert Leslie Bellem character.
> Hmmm.... Ellroy as the bastard child of Bellem and Jim Thompson, with
> delusions of Proust. anyone buy that?

Not only do I buy it, I completely agree with it, especially the allusion to delusions of being the second coming of Marcel Proust.

Great post!


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