“I Don’t Live in the World”: An Interview With James Ellroy

The crime writer opens up about his mother’s murder, his love of dogs, and his new novel, This Storm. Just don’t ask him about Donald Trump.

Eric Spitznagel
GEN
Published in
11 min readJun 13, 2019

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InIn one of the opening scenes of the 2001 BBC documentary Feast of Death, James Ellroy tells a story about his encounter with an…

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Eric Spitznagel
GEN
Writer for

I’m a writer and editor, and the author of a dozen or so books, including "Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past."