Posts Tagged ‘James Ellroy’

Tonight in Film: L.A. Confidential at American City Diner

“Life is good in Los Angeles. It’s paradise on Earth,” narrates Danny DeVito in the first moments of L.A. Confidential, Curtis Hanson’s thickly and richly plotted 1997 police drama based on the novel by James Ellroy. “That’s what they tell you, anyway.” It remains the best film about systemic corruption in the City of Angels [...]

Arts Roundup: Indie Bookstores Need Better Rocking Chairs

Morning, y'all! Above is a lil bit of Mountain Goats/Aesop Rock to start your day. Clay Shirky, new media prognosticator extraordinaire,  turns his attention to bookstores, and his analysis and conclusions hit awfully close to home. Ask the average District dandy for a list of retail complaints, and the closures of Olsson's and Vertigo–or a [...]

James Ellroy: Brilliant Author. Snappy Talker. Unchallenged Racist?

People are going batshit over Blood's a Rover, the new crime novel by Los Angeles writer James Ellroy, about the assassinations of MLK, RFK, and JFK. Just about everyone has something to say about it: The LA Times. The Boston Herald. The Washington Post. The Economist.
The Minnesota Star-Tribune profiled Ellroy in all his glory. NPR [...]