Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: He's Not Really a Mad Dog; He Just Plays One in People Magazine

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 15 May 2008

I think you're reading something into those comments that isn't there. No one has suggested Ellroy was faking his mother's death or his criminal past. No one would make up his criminal past, which involved pathetic things like burglarizing houses to sniff panties and eating Benzedrex inhalers to get high. It's not the sort of thing someone would make up if they were trying to look tough. I think Ellroy's been remarkably frank about his past, which is to his credit, and I'm pretty sure what was meant in those comments was that Ellroy adopts and over-the-top style in person in much the same way he often times adopts an over the top imitation of 50's tabloid patter in print.

On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 3:42 AM, Patrick King <> wrote:
> --- jacquesdebierue <> wrote:
> Lastly, Ellroy does not
>> look or sound like a
>> real MF. He strikes me as a very intelligent guy
>> having a bit of fun.
> ****************************************************
> Do you doubt his criminal past? I'm sure it can be
> verified one way or the other. Certainly no one doubts
> that his mother really was murdered? Faking something
> like that is really an over-the-top career move.
> "Mom, in appreciation of you going along with the
> murder gag I want you to have the new BMW as a token
> of my gratitude. Hope you don't mind the DEADMOM
> vanity plate. I'd be devestated if anything really
> happened to you. Happy Mother's Day."
> Patrick King

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