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Saturday, 16 November 2019

As He Lived


          Confusing the writer with his work is a dangerous game, of course and Ellroy expresses surprise that he is often portrayed as a tough guy when, in truth, he had no stomach for serious crime or violence even as he lived a disordered and profligate life. "I was pathetic, physically weak, drug and booze debilitated, a buffoon, and scared of my own shadow. But you know what ? My shadow was something to be scared of. I saw the enemy and it was me".

excerpt from
Out of the Dark
Edward Helmore
The Guardian
2001

image
Michael Buckner/Getty

                    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2001/apr/20/crime.jamesellroy

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