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The 8 best quotes from our James Ellroy interview


James Ellroy pulled exactly zero punches in our interview with him this week. If you haven't read the whole, fantastic thing then you should.

But we've picked out the best quotes from Ellroy for you to read in disbelief. Here goes...

"I hate hipsters, I hate liberals, I hate rock’n’rollers, I hate the counter-culture, I hate movie people."


[on Skyfall] "It’s fucking brilliant and it’s the only profound James Bond movie. They’re usually boring and overlong; the books are boring and racist. The stories are shoddy and sloppily plotted.


[on Obama] "I hate him. I think he’s a coward, incompetent and I find him sinister. He’s the face of cancerous socialism under the guise of benevolence."


" I saw one or two episodes of The Wire and thought it was bullsh*t. Bad writing. And I have no sympathy for the underclass."


"I love women and I love dogs. The potential nightmare for me is I go to Britain and all I see is like in LA; meth labs, white trash and women with tattoos."


"British people are the best readers. They speak the same language, but view the material as foreigners. There’s no class distinction for readers there. They ask the best questions and you can talk to them afterwards and go to an Indian restaurant."


"I’m a big Tory. Big. Tory. There’s also a part of me that loves to say, “Fuck you, I’m a Republican.” I’m a Thatcherite and a Reaganite."


"I know how to exploit what’s been given to me: early parental dysfunction, my mother’s murder, all my crazy sh*t."

(Images: All Star, Ulf Andersen, Kobal)



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