ArtLung: I am Joe Crawford. Welcome to my website circa July 2008. I am a web developer. I live in Moorpark, California, USA. I work in Los Angeles, and have lived elsewhere and done many surprising things. I put up the first ArtLung website 12 years ago, moved it to artlung.com 10 years ago, nd I've been blogging for 7 years. I'm still learning, every day. Welcome.

April 6th, 2009

James Ellroy

Source: Salon Interview: James Ellroy, 1996:

Well, I write in a cultural vacuum, so I don’t understand what’s out there in the culture too much.

You don’t watch TV?

I watch boxing on TV and I listen to classical music. I talk with my wife a lot and exercise. Culture to me is just shit in the brain. I just hate it when I tour overseas and people want me to talk about Quentin Tarantino. I’ve offered a lot of flagrantly abusive opinions about modern popular culture, and I’ve put the skids to it. I just don’t know what it is. I like to think. I like to lie in the dark and brood about things. I have a good idea where my own writing career is going. I have no idea where American culture is going. I really don’t. I mean, I don’t even know who the good guys are in the Serbo-Croatian war. I don’t know who we’re supporting.

I finished My Dark Places this weekend and a more harrowing, raw, and unflinchingly confessional piece of writing I can’t think of. It’s got me thinking.


Comments: 2

jason

April 25, 2009 2:13pm

“Culture to me is just shit in the brain.” Precious. Following you on twitter just because of that.

Nick Nielsen

April 25, 2009 3:20pm

Hey Joe – was googling around for info on Frank Zappa & stumbled across something you’d written about him. My band is heavily inspired by Mr. Zappa, thought you might be interested to check us out: http://www.librosenfuego.com. I’m a web designer too (designed out website).

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