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James Ellroy Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Apr 2020
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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.
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
Rock and rollers can get you the youth buzz, and younger people are fanatical readers.
Raymond Chandler once wrote that Dashiell Hammett gave murder back to the people who really committed it.
Noir is dead for me because historically, I think it's a simple view. I've taken it as far as it can go. I think I've expanded on it a great deal, taken it further than any other American novelist.
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'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'm clenched down, I'm locked in on it, which is my general approach to life.
I would like to provoke ambiguous responses in my readers.
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.
I want to see these bad, bad, bad, bad men come to grips with their humanity.
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 love thinking about American history, thinking about LA history. I love brooding on crime.
I like to be alone so I can write. But focus can hurt you. I don't want to be some stress casualty in early middle age.
I haven't been to a movie in a year and a half.
I have a very intense marriage.
I don't know anybody in the underworld. I make this stuff up. I don't know any criminals.
I am the most well-adjusted human being I know. I started out this investigation as a very happy man with a great career. I've got the life people dream about: I am rich, I am famous, I've got a fabulous marriage to an absolutely, spell-bindingly brilliant woman.
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.
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