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2014-02-20 08:05:30 PM
James Ellroy writes some awesome books, but they might as well use this picture on the back jacket:

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2014-02-20 08:09:31 PM
It must have been hard growing up when his dad kept getting fired from the sprocket factory.
 
2014-02-20 09:08:18 PM
Things I hate that most other people seem to love:

Flip flops
Hardwood floors
Wind chimes
Raw celery
 
2014-02-20 09:20:57 PM
President Obama ("I hate him. I think he's a coward, incompetent and I find him sinister")

What's his Fark handle?
 
2014-02-20 09:25:07 PM
wow, someone I've actually heard of whose opinion I don't give a shiat about. That a change, sorta. David Simon is a thousand times the writer and social critic you are you self absorbed fossil.
 
2014-02-20 09:29:12 PM
If this guy and Bill O'Reilly were dangling over a vat of acid and you HAD to save one of them, which would you choose?
 
2014-02-20 09:30:42 PM

goatleggedfellow: If this guy and Bill O'Reilly were dangling over a vat of acid and you HAD to save one of them, which would you choose?


The vat.
 
2014-02-20 09:33:04 PM
He seems kind of hinky.
 
2014-02-20 09:48:03 PM
Well, he's got more energy than me.  There are a lot of those things I just don't care enough about to hate.
 
2014-02-20 09:50:50 PM
I was totally going to defend him considering all he has gone through in his life and his occasionally good novel, but anyone who thinks "Skyfall" was f-ing brilliant needs to check themselves into a cemetery.
 
2014-02-20 10:14:09 PM
i hate everything too.  but i never wrote popular books and made movies so no one is asking me.  whoopty doo.
 
2014-02-20 10:20:43 PM
Wait, how can Obama be both incompetent and sinister? I thought sinister people were smart enough to be dangerous?
 
2014-02-20 10:24:49 PM
"I hate hipsters, I hate liberals, I hate rock 'n' rollers, I hate the counter-culture, I hate movie people,"


There's a counter-culture?
 
2014-02-20 10:26:10 PM
I thought read somewhere that Ellroy's whole public persona is a pose to go along with his books.

/F'en love his books, maybe even more than the wire.
 
2014-02-20 10:34:20 PM
Christ, what an asshole.
 
2014-02-20 10:37:54 PM
What a nice man. Sounds like an enlightened gent, and not at all pretentious or judgmental.
 
2014-02-20 10:38:25 PM

fusillade762: goatleggedfellow: If this guy and Bill O'Reilly were dangling over a vat of acid and you HAD to save one of them, which would you choose?

The vat.


Geez man I don't know if that Vat is going to be worth saving after dissolving that much rancid bullshiat.

I suppose each to their own hoard.
 
2014-02-20 10:43:41 PM
The guy's oedipus complex is really something to behold.  Textbook example right there.
 
2014-02-20 10:45:43 PM

phaseolus: "I hate hipsters, I hate liberals, I hate rock 'n' rollers, I hate the counter-culture, I hate movie people,"


There's a counter-culture?


I think that's the hipsters again.
 
2014-02-20 10:45:48 PM
If you ever want a nightmare, read "My Dark Places". Murdered mothers, crime, drug abuse, the works.

Just your typical autobiography.
 
2014-02-20 10:56:32 PM
James Ellroy wrote a fantastic book.  About ten times.

I am so old, I remember when saying James Ellroy is the Boston of murder fiction would get a few nods of appreciation.
 
2014-02-20 11:06:55 PM

goatleggedfellow: If this guy and Bill O'Reilly were dangling over a vat of acid and you HAD to save one of them, which would you choose?


At least Ellroy wrote one good book.
 
2014-02-20 11:07:52 PM

Trocadero: Wait, how can Obama be both incompetent and sinister? I thought sinister people were smart enough to be dangerous?


Maybe he's just pointing out Obama is a southpaw.
 
2014-02-20 11:10:01 PM

Trocadero: Wait, how can Obama be both incompetent and sinister? I thought sinister people were smart enough to be dangerous?


Perhaps he meant it literally, i.e. sinister being left-handed.
 
2014-02-20 11:16:14 PM
Philistine. Who hates The Wire?

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2014-02-20 11:23:42 PM

Trocadero: Wait, how can Obama be both incompetent and sinister? I thought sinister people were smart enough to be dangerous?


Oh don't be coy.

He means Obama's a darkie.
 
2014-02-20 11:49:13 PM

RoyBatty: James Ellroy wrote a fantastic book.  About ten times.

I am so old, I remember when saying James Ellroy is the Boston of murder fiction would get a few nods of appreciation.


This is sort of true. He wrote some derivative books first, then tossed out a prototype Dahlia, then came Dahlia which he then wrote like 5 times in a row. He lost me during the big gap after American Tabloid, after which he became to much of a chore to read.
 
2014-02-20 11:56:55 PM

Cake Hunter: It must have been hard growing up when his dad kept getting fired from the sprocket factory.


Plus knowing he was the only one in town not getting any from his sister.
 
2014-02-21 12:56:27 AM

fusillade762: Things I hate that most other people seem to love:

Flip flops
Hardwood floors
Wind chimes
Raw celery


I disagree with you about the flip flops and hardwood floors, but raw celery is an abomination
 
2014-02-21 01:02:06 AM
Yo Mama? She dead.
 
2014-02-21 01:11:03 AM

eiger: I thought read somewhere that Ellroy's whole public persona is a pose to go along with his books.



If that's his mitigating factor, he's STILL an incredible asshole.
 
2014-02-21 01:14:05 AM
I like the guy. Good books, good writing, and doesn't cower before the you-can't-say-that crowd. Obama is the same way, but less classy when he does it.
 
2014-02-21 01:24:09 AM
i.onionstatic.com

looks like

www.newyorker.com

(the Nein Quarterly Twitter avatar, based on a photo of Theodor Adorno.)
 
2014-02-21 01:46:34 AM

mr intrepid: If you ever want a nightmare, read "My Dark Places". Murdered mothers, crime, drug abuse, the works.

Just your typical autobiography.


Ellroy's early life reads like that of a serial killer's or a presidential assassin's.  The fact he turned out to be a somewhat stable and successful author is a near miracle.
 
2014-02-21 02:08:02 AM

NDP2: mr intrepid: If you ever want a nightmare, read "My Dark Places". Murdered mothers, crime, drug abuse, the works.

Just your typical autobiography.

Ellroy's early life reads like that of a serial killer's or a presidential assassin's.  The fact he turned out to be a somewhat stable and successful author is a near miracle.


^THIS!

I don't really care if his views and mine don't mix. I've known people like him and I understand. Not that I want to spend 5 minutes in his presence, but not going to get upset when he speaks his mind.
 
2014-02-21 02:09:30 AM
Most of it, I'll agree is a persona, but there is one bit of persnicketiness of his that does make me laugh.

James Ellroy on L.A. Confidential, the movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxG1Le7-4tI
 
2014-02-21 02:15:17 AM
Wow, he's basically the polar opposite of George Carlin in the 'what I don't like' rants.
 
2014-02-21 03:59:38 AM
He says he hates white trash, he pretty much is white trash.
 
2014-02-21 04:54:19 AM
 One paragraph in, I thought, "Wow. This guy's an asshole."
 
2014-02-21 05:28:06 AM

Shadowtag: Cake Hunter: It must have been hard growing up when his dad kept getting fired from the sprocket factory.

Plus knowing he was the only one in town not getting any from his sister.


Glad to know I'm not the only one who thought of that Elroy.
 
2014-02-21 06:08:16 AM

Ow! That was my feelings!: wow, someone I've actually heard of whose opinion I don't give a shiat about. That a change, sorta. David Simon is a thousand times the writer and social critic you are you self absorbed fossil.


goatleggedfellow: If this guy and Bill O'Reilly were dangling over a vat of acid and you HAD to save one of them, which would you choose?


Ryker's Peninsula: I was totally going to defend him considering all he has gone through in his life and his occasionally good novel, but anyone who thinks "Skyfall" was f-ing brilliant needs to check themselves into a cemetery.


I have rich aunt in the Philippines that are looking for financial representatives in US. Kindly list bank account #s and routing #s and post home addresses and shee'l send you the laptops and startup funds. You will be day trading on the FOREX market with her funds. No training required. Good luck, friends. This offer expire in 2 days.
 
2014-02-21 07:25:34 AM

Rozotorical: fusillade762: goatleggedfellow: If this guy and Bill O'Reilly were dangling over a vat of acid and you HAD to save one of them, which would you choose?

The vat.

Geez man I don't know if that Vat is going to be worth saving after dissolving that much rancid bullshiat.

I suppose each to their own hoard.


Don't forget about the rug!
 
2014-02-21 07:29:25 AM
That sounds like something a hipster would say, James
 
2014-02-21 08:09:28 AM
"I SAID, PAY ATTENTION TO ME! ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION?! I'M ATTEMPTING TO RAISE YOUR IRE THROUGH THOUGHT-PROVOKINGLY OUTLANDISH STATEMENTS!!! ARE YOUR THOUGHTS NOT PROVOKED?! READ MY BOOKS TO UNDERSTAND MY CRAZINESS! ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO ME?"

-- James Ellroy
 
2014-02-21 08:34:06 AM

goatleggedfellow: If this guy and Bill O'Reilly were dangling over a vat of acid and you HAD to save one of them, which would you choose?


You are just mad because he hates liberal hipsters
 
2014-02-21 08:37:43 AM

goatleggedfellow: If this guy and Bill O'Reilly were dangling over a vat of acid and you HAD to save one of them, which would you choose?


I'd pick Ellroy. He's a better writer and idiots don't try to determine public policy based on his persona's opinions.
 
2014-02-21 08:49:24 AM

LograyX: goatleggedfellow: If this guy and Bill O'Reilly were dangling over a vat of acid and you HAD to save one of them, which would you choose?

I'd pick Ellroy. He's a better writer and idiots don't try to determine public policy based on his persona's opinions.



O'Reilly is certainly no slouch when it comes to selling books - The O'Reilly Factor for Kids outsold all other children's non-fiction titles in 2005....and Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity has sold more than 1 million copies and was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 52 weeks.  Not to mention is Killing Liberalism series....
 
2014-02-21 09:00:49 AM

phaseolus: "I hate hipsters, I hate liberals, I hate rock 'n' rollers, I hate the counter-culture, I hate movie people,"


There's a counter-culture?


Zetagaffe: a cultural reference that is sufficiently outdated or inaccurate to demonstrate that the maker of the reference is out of touch with the prevailing group.
This guy provides some great examples.
"Those damned Otto-man are a threat to all of Europe, even worse than the beatniks and grangers."

Source:
http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_801_33-useful-words-english-langua g e-needs-to-add_p33/#28
 
2014-02-21 09:06:43 AM

karnal: LograyX: goatleggedfellow: If this guy and Bill O'Reilly were dangling over a vat of acid and you HAD to save one of them, which would you choose?

I'd pick Ellroy. He's a better writer and idiots don't try to determine public policy based on his persona's opinions.


O'Reilly is certainly no slouch when it comes to selling books - The O'Reilly Factor for Kids outsold all other children's non-fiction titles in 2005....and Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity has sold more than 1 million copies and was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 52 weeks.  Not to mention is Killing Liberalism series....


I thought you were joking, then I googled it.

Now I has a sad.
 
2014-02-21 09:18:22 AM

QueenMamaBee: karnal: LograyX: goatleggedfellow: If this guy and Bill O'Reilly were dangling over a vat of acid and you HAD to save one of them, which would you choose?

I'd pick Ellroy. He's a better writer and idiots don't try to determine public policy based on his persona's opinions.


O'Reilly is certainly no slouch when it comes to selling books - The O'Reilly Factor for Kids outsold all other children's non-fiction titles in 2005....and Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity has sold more than 1 million copies and was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 52 weeks.  Not to mention is Killing Liberalism series....

I thought you were joking, then I googled it.

Now I has a sad.


Same way I felt when I found out they were showing The Story of Stuff in public schools.
 
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