Honestly Kid

by Daniel Damkoehler


2nd thoughts

Aeschylus versus James Ellroy

My Google quote for today:

It is a prof­itable thing, if one is wise, to seem fool­ish.


James Ellroy plug­ging his lat­est, Blood’s A Rover, on NPR.

I’ve only read Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia and on the basis of that book alone (read the book before you see the movie)  the guy deserves all the brava­do and swag­ger he can muster. Listen to today’s NPR inter­view and you’ll hear him muster quite a bit of both.

Sadly, at points his con­fi­dence made me doubt his wis­dom. I’m not exact­ly sure peo­ple want to buy books from some­one so sure of them­selves. Then again, maybe they do, if for no oth­er rea­son than to try call­ing his bluff. Good luck with that. Much as that kind of in your face self-con­fi­dence rubs me the wrong way, I don’t think Mr. Ellroy is bluff­ing and maybe he knows more of Aeschylus than I thought.

All opin­ions of Ellroy and his work are wel­come here. Would you read a book by a guy who sounds a like a jerk or avoid him utter­ly? Is his atti­tude punk rock or sim­ply tricky mar­ket­ing (I link to think there’s dif­fer­ence despite Malcolm Mclaren)?

One Response to “Aeschylus versus James Ellroy”

  1. kenneth » September 22nd, 2009

    I’m a big Ellroy fan.
    McLaren “Punk Rock” would be a bit much for him, but I like the punk tag- I think it’d fit him.

    He’s kind of known for being weird on book tours and read­ings, but fun­ny at the same time. I’ll try to find some arti­cles, but he used to insist on bring­ing his dog to book read­ings at book stores and would insist that the audi­ence direct­ed per­son­al ques­tions to the dog. He also (pre-LA con­fi­den­tial) would say how great it was when he’d option a book and it nev­er got made into a movie because then he’d just re-option it and have more col­lege funds for the dog. And he also would refer to his (now ex)wife as the wild woman of some­thing, but I for­get. His sto­ries remind me of a mean­er Kinky Friedman.

    I real­ly like crime nov­els though…

    and take all of the above with a huge grain of salt or a wikipedia-esque “cita­tion need­ed!” (or is it wikipedi­an? wikipediy­sean?)