I’ve become pretty good friends with James Ellroy over the past couple of years, and it’s something I don’t really talk or write about too much. We both have a love of the past, and more specifically, film noir and crimes taking place in other eras. I wouldn’t mention my friendship with Ellroy (since I respect his privacy) other than it’s been outed in a magazine!
There’s an article about Ellroy in the JUNE/JULY 2019 issue of The Economist: 1843 magazine. 1843 is The Economist's ideas, culture and lifestyle magazine. It’s an interesting article about James, providing a lot of insight into who he is and how he got there. My dinners with Ellroy are mentioned in there a few times (as the real-life me, Jerry Ackerman).
Here is a link to the article: