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Authors can Rally Around Great Books and Make Things Happen

About a month ago I read about something strange. A number of prominent authors were bringing attention to a single book. And it wasn’t written by any of them. 249 more words

New James Ellroy Page

The Venetian Vase celebrated its sixth birthday recently. In those six years, I’d say about 40 to 50% of the posts have been about James Ellroy. 184 more words

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Be different. Better yet, be yourself.

Dr. Paul Nagel was my screenwriting professor at the University of Miami back in the early 1980’s. He said something (which I have since heard paraphrased numerous times) that has stuck with me since: … 512 more words


The New Ellrovians - James Ellroy Conference

The ‘James Ellroy: Visions of Noir’ conference was held at the University of Liverpool, 2 July 2015. My wife and I organised the conference, and it was a wonderful experience to meet academics, students and Ellroy enthusiasts from Brazil, Germany, Australia, Spain and of course the United Kingdom. 124 more words

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On 'James Ellroy: Visions of Noir', Liverpool University 2 July 2015

In Ellroy’s world, everyone is tarnished and afraid.

It’s good for the soul to wallow in fandom now and again, and I did that yesterday at a terrifically entertaining conference on the work of crime writer James Ellroy. 573 more words


Cry for a Nickel, Die for a Dime - Review

The 1960 Los Angeles setting of Woody Haut’s Cry for a Nickel, Die for a Dime is a pivotal year in American history: Power shifted from the Republicans to the Democrats as the Presidency was passed from Eisenhower to Kennedy. 776 more words

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See Los Angeles' Rough Past With Crime Author James Ellroy

It was 1953. Eisenhower was in the white house. The New York Yankees won the World Series for the fifth year consecutively. The theme music for the television series, “Dragnet,” rose to the top of the Billboard charts. 570 more words