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Cauldron: L.A. after the War
Ellroy says, “This jazzy lecture—spieled entirely in my alliterative, syncopated verbal style—is a deft and hilarious recounting of post–World War II Los Angeles, replete with police scandals, baffling sex murders, political chicanery, land grabs, labor battles, and witch hunts.”
Film Noir: The Shadowed Inferno
“This lecture,” says Ellroy, “is no less than a cultural history of Los Angeles and America at large from 1945 to 1960. It's bombastic, it's profane, it's full of grotesque characters from the most scrutinized genre of worldwide cinema. Bent cops, nymphos, corrupt D.A.'s, hop-head jazz musicians, and homosexual informants abound.”
Memoir as Madness and Moral Mission
“This provocative lecture is an actual how-to primer on the memoir form, as exemplified by my own two Knopf/Vintage memoirs, My Dark Places and The Hilliker Curse, as well as a treatise on the reader/writer symbiosis that results in that powerful memoir alchemy. This lecture is wild juju—and a gassy look at my own tortured and transcendent soul!”

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