In one of the opening scenes of the 2001 BBC documentary Feast of Death, James Ellroy tells a story about his encounter with an elderly fan in a Kansas video store. She’s effusive about how much she enjoyed the movie L.A. Confidential, which was based on Ellroy’s bestselling novel of the same name — part of his now-iconic L.A. Quartet series.
“Kim Basinger was so beautiful,” she tells him. “What a wonderful, wonderful movie. I saw it four times.”
“Listen, Granny,” he interrupts her. “You loved the movie; did you go out and buy the book?” …
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