Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: New James Ellroy

From: Jim Beaver (
Date: 16 Oct 2004

Vince wrote:

> Anyone on the list read THE TICKET OUT by Helen Knode, aka Mrs. Ellroy? I
> thought it was terrific, a great L.A. crime story set against the backdrop
> of the movie business. She shares a number of her husband's obsessions.

All I know of Ms. Knode is that she was once theatre critic for the L.A. Weekly, and that she once showed up to review a play of mine. The play was part of a special program and as such, the performance she reviewed began at 6 p.m. I was standing near the boxoffice when she arrived to pick up her complimentary ticket. She said to the boxoffice attendant, "Who's the moron who decided six o'clock was a good time to start a play? This had better be damned good." She then used her review to trash the performance time and to condemn the play because a character in it had the temerity, in passing, to suggest that Thomas Jefferson was something greater than the "slaveholding racist" Ms. Knode believed him to be. It didn't keep the play from winning several awards, but it will probably keep me from buying Ms. Knode's book. Not that I'm bitter or anything.

Jim Beaver

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