Re: RARA-AVIS: Surprise Endings

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 14 Nov 2005

Hey Mark-- I was replying to the quote of a third party in the post in question, which related an attitude opposite yours (and, obviously, mine). Ellroy was the relevant example from that place. (I think JE may have been transgressive in WHITE JAZZ, but maybe not even there. His attention to sound-biting his own work brings him down, as does his tendency to repeat himself, I think.
 He kind of lost me with the self-indulgent MY DARK PLACES.) Rob

--- wrote:

> Rob wrote:
> "In other words, if you can be offended by the
> "motherfucker" in
> Ellroy's books, . . . you've been co-opted by your
> society's sense of
> decorum & really have no interest in "literature"--a
> thing which ALWAYS
> challenges society's current narrative."
> I'm not offended by Ellroy's use of motherfucker,
> faggot, spook or
> spick, I'm bored by it. Do you really believe
> recent Ellroy is
> transgressive?
> Mark

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