Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

"i fear the moral depravity of modern LA"

Whatever power my books have derives from the fact that they are utterly steeped in the eras that I describe. LA of the 1950s is mine and nobody else’s. If you wrote about this period before me, I have taken it away from you.

James Ellroy, the egomaniacal master of brass-knuckle-hard noir writing, talks about his life & writing in this lengthy interview in the Paris REview.

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 201, James Ellroy.