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The Book Club: James Ellroy on God, drugs and his mother’s murder

18 December 2019

1:18 PM

18 December 2019

1:18 PM

In this week’s Book Club podcast, I talk to the ‘demon dog’ of American letters, James Ellroy — whose latest book is This Storm. In a wide-ranging and somewhat NSFW conversation, we talk about misquoting Auden, why Ellroy hates Orson Welles, how he maps out the byzantine plots of his novels, why as a recovering addict he fills his books with pill-poppers and juice heads, why he thinks he’s the best crime writer living — and what his dad’s ’20-inch wang’ had to do with Rita Hayworth.


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