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James Ellroy
March 4, 1948 -
Nationality: American
Category: Writer
Subcategory: American Writer

As critical acclaim and response has built up, every interview I give is a chance to puncture the myth I've created about my work and refine it.


I put on such a good show, the story is outrageous, and people don't want to hear that I'm basically a reasonable human being. As long as it continues to get me print, I'll continue to perform in an exuberant manner.


I haven't been to a movie in a year and a half.


I love thinking about American history, thinking about LA history. I love brooding on crime.


I would like to provoke ambiguous responses in my readers.


Anybody who doesn't know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose.


I've been tremendously moved by a bunch of odd books. Ross McDonald is very important to me. I love the Lew Archer books.


I'm getting a wider circle of fans now. More women, more middle class people.


I am conservative by temperament. I disapprove of criminal activity. I am very solidly and markedly on the side of authority. The truth is I would rather err on the side of too much authority than too little.


Raymond Chandler once wrote that Dashiell Hammett gave murder back to the people who really committed it.


I was a WASP kid going to a high school that was 99 percent Jewish and I wanted attention and I wanted to make a spectacle of myself because I couldn't stand to be ignored.


As much as I transferred my mother to Elizabeth Shore of The Black Dahlia, as much as her dad mutated into an obsession with crime in general, well, I have thought about other things throughout the years.


My mother and I will continue on some level that I haven't determined yet. I think my mother's a great character, and I have to say that giving my mother to the world has to be the biggest thrill of my writing career.


I don't know anybody in the underworld. I make this stuff up. I don't know any criminals.


As a kid, I sensed history going on all around me, but the basic thrust of it didn't move me.


Rock and rollers can get you the youth buzz, and younger people are fanatical readers.


When I was a kid, Eisenhower had been President forever, and all of a sudden, everything in the world was all about Jack Kennedy. I was 12, interested in politics; my father was from Massachusetts, had an accent like Kennedy.


I am a writer. I could not afford to take 15 months off from my writing career to play detective.


The truth of the matter is, you lose a parent to murder when you're 10 years old, and in fact at the time of the murder you hate your lost parent, my mother in my case.


I'm clenched down, I'm locked in on it, which is my general approach to life.


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