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September 9, 2010
Bestselling crime-fiction novelist James Ellroy ("L.A. Confidential," "The Black Dahlia") will be at Vroman's to discuss and sign his latest non-fiction work, "The Hiliker Curse. " Unraveling pieces of his own psyche and personal history, this candid memoir delves into the author's personal experience in relationships. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd. 7 p.m. Thurs. Free. (626) 744-1834. http://www.vromansbookstore.com.
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July 29, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
The Twenty-Year Death A Novel Ariel S. Winter Hard Case Crime: 672 pp., $25.99 Noir is, first and foremost, style. It's like kabuki, or, more to the point, the blues - a folk art defined by its conventions, by a sensibility and a form. The best noir is pointed, not so much about plot as it is about voice. It's about what happens when someone gets pushed beyond the limit, when he or she comes face to face with the emptiness inside. Think of Raymond Chandler, who helped define the genre when he started writing detective fiction in the 1930s, or Jim Thompson, whose pulp novels of the 1950s and early 1960s gave it a more desperate edge.
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July 2, 2002 | GINA PICCALO and LOUISE ROUG
It was a perfectly brilliant Sunday afternoon, custom-made for the roller-blader and mountain bike set. Consequently, the discussion inside the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills seemed a bit incongruous. Noir novelist James Ellroy, 54, was detailing the long afternoons in the late 1960s he spent injecting liquid methamphetamine and hallucinating. "I would look at women in Playboy magazine and they would talk to me," he told a crowd of writers and fans.
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November 20, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Few words in the lexicon of contemporary Los Angeles come invested with as much back story and bad mojo as "Rampart. " The 1990s police corruption scandal that saw some 70 officers implicated in criminal activity remains one of the most widespread instances of documented misconduct in American history. But the new film "Rampart," which opens in Los Angeles on Wednesday for a one-week run before a broader release in January, does not attempt to fully address the scandal. Rather, director and co-writer Oren Moverman uses it as a backdrop for his portrait of corrupt cop Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson)
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June 28, 2006 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
The tall, lanky figure entered the room to building applause as the crowd recognized him; he mimed an autoerotic act and grabbed the podium with a vengeance. His shaved head, thick twitchy brows and Joycean eyeglasses screamed maniacal genius, and the performance-honed rant that followed did nothing to betray that. This wasn't how these L.A. Film Festival talks usually start.
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September 15, 2010 | By Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
At some point, many bookish people find themselves struck by the first stanza of Philip Larkin's mordant, post-therapy poem "This Be The Verse": They … you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you. Now, most readers of a certain maturity get over it and move on to discover Larkin's true masterpieces:...
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October 23, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
A penetrating portrait emerges in "James Ellroy's Feast of Death," which screens tonight at the Egyptian in the American Cinematheque Alternative Screen showcase. The celebrated novelist is best known for his series of books set in the '40s and '50s involving the turbulent lives of LAPD detectives, most notably "The Black Dahlia" and "L.A. Confidential," which became a highly acclaimed film in its own right.
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July 30, 2006 | James Ellroy, James Ellroy is the author of 16 books, including "The Black Dahlia," which will be released as a film directed by Brian De Palma in September.
My old church is a condo block. The Black Dahlia site remains '50s intact. L.A. is all new and wholly familiar. It's why I ran away and why I ran back. The street grids are unchanged. Overbuilding has blocked out views and blitzed topography. Old buildings abut pocket malls. Old parks are wrapped in iron gates. L.A. is epidemically everywhere and discernible only in glimpses. The L.A. mandate was always enticement and expansion. That marks all growth as just and true.
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February 19, 1995 | Patrick Goldstein, Patrick Goldstein is a frequent contributor to The Times
We're smack in the middle of the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port. Nov. 8, 1960. Election night. "CBS called Illinois tight. NBC said 'Cliffhanger!' ABC said Jack would win, with 51% of the vote. . . . White phone 2 rang. It was Bobby with complaints. A journalist pole-vaulted into the compound. A hot rod sporting Nixon banners plowed the main house lawn. . . . The red phone rang. It was Santos Junior, with mob scuttlebutt. He said, Illinois looks dicey. He said, Sam G.
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August 30, 1992 | Todd Grimson, Grimson's stories have appeared in Bomb, The Quarterly, the VLS, and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
"White Jazz" is bebop noir , hardboiled stream-of-consciousness playing changes on all our accumulated memories and fantasies of the criminal universe, tapping into our collective image-bank fed by movies, literature, and true-crime tabloid exposes. James Ellroy's new novel moves at such a feverishly clipped, telegraphic pace that it may be somewhat impenetrable to the uninitiated. For those who get it, however, it will be clear that Ellroy has truly crossed over beyond the "crime novel."
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January 18, 2011
'James Ellroy's LA: City of Demons' Where: Investigation Discovery When: 7 and 10 p.m. Wednesday Rating: Not rated
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January 18, 2011 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Clad in a blue plaid suit and bow tie, his bald pate nearly scraping the ceiling, whippet-thin crime novelist James Ellroy is launching into a kind of white-man's rap. "Good evening, peepers, prowlers, pederasts, pedants," he begins, not pausing for breath. "I'm James Ellroy the demon dog, the foul owl with the death growl, the white knight of the far right. " He goes on a jag about his hometown, "my smog-bound fatherland?. the film noir epicenter," ranting about his literary and sexual prowess and Los Angeles' tradition of violent crime.
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November 10, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
In the late 1990s, the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division was caught up in the worst corruption scandal in the department's history. It didn't take long for Hollywood to mine the subject matter. The scandal, in which dozens of officers in Rampart's anti-gang unit were accused of serious misconduct, including perjury and evidence tampering, heavily influenced the FX TV series "The Shield" and the 2001 movie "Training Day," starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.
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September 15, 2010 | By Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
At some point, many bookish people find themselves struck by the first stanza of Philip Larkin's mordant, post-therapy poem "This Be The Verse": They … you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you. Now, most readers of a certain maturity get over it and move on to discover Larkin's true masterpieces:...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2010
Bestselling crime-fiction novelist James Ellroy ("L.A. Confidential," "The Black Dahlia") will be at Vroman's to discuss and sign his latest non-fiction work, "The Hiliker Curse. " Unraveling pieces of his own psyche and personal history, this candid memoir delves into the author's personal experience in relationships. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd. 7 p.m. Thurs. Free. (626) 744-1834. http://www.vromansbookstore.com.
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September 7, 2010
MOVIES 3D Rarities: From 1900 and Beyond Film historian Serge Bromberg will present rare 3-D films by Georges Melies, Norman McLaren, Charley Bowers and the Disney Studios in the 3-D edition of his "Retour de Flamme (Saved From the Flames)" show, which features his own commentary and live piano accompaniment. Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 Vine St., Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Sold out. Standby available starting at 5:30 p.m. (310) 247-3600. http://www.oscars.org . POP MUSIC Donato Poveda The acclaimed Cuban singer-songwriter kicks off this year's Latin American Recording Academy Showcases with a performance, interview and Q&A in the intimate Clive Davis Theater.
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July 8, 1990 | Dick Roraback, Roraback is a member of the Book Review staff. and
Almost everybody in "L.A. Confidential" dies. Those who don't wish they had. In the incontinent mayhem that masquerades as a James Ellroy novel, the line between the quick and the dead is fine. Only the ungrateful deceased are permitted to rest--in pieces, most likely; in hell for sure. For the living, it's just a question of time. Dead or alive, nobody is clean.
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September 28, 2004 | James Sallis, Special to The Times
James Ellroy makes me nervous. I remember years ago, reading "White Jazz": Three pages in, I found myself glancing up from the page to look about, as though expecting a derailed train to crash through the wall at any moment. All those jagged, spinning shards of grammar and one-sentence paragraphs, rim shots of periods sending the whole busy thing into stop-motion, sensory impressions swarming like killer bees. The world as perceived by a mind at its limits.
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September 5, 2010 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles-born and -based crime novelist James Ellroy, 62, dissects his lifelong obsession with romantic love leading to his relationship with writer Erika Schickel in "The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women. " Ellroy's new memoir hits bookstores on Tuesday. What is the Hilliker curse? On the occasion of my 10th birthday in March of 1958, my mother, Jean Hilliker, a 43-year-old alcoholic registered nurse, offered me the opportunity to choose who I wanted to live with — her or my more permissive father.
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April 4, 2010 | By Robin Russin
Los Angeles Noir 2 The Classics Edited by Denise Hamilton Akashic: 300 pp., $15.95 paper Orange County Noir Edited by Gary Phillips Akashic: 300 pp., $15.95 paper "You can make a lot of mistakes in just one lifetime," says violet-eyed Eve Cressy in Raymond Chandler's "I'll Be Waiting," one of the stories in "Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics." That sums up the spirit of noir, where if you make a mistake -- and you will -- you'll find yourself skewered like a worm on a hook.
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