I suspect it’s hard for many writers to live in the real world. Even as a derivative writer of minimal renowned I prefer to see life at arm’s length, the grand view, like watching an endless movie. I find it a bit demoralizing that Mr. Ellroy claims to be such a great natural speaker — I wish.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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