He then shared this badass photograph of James Ellroy with me. Isn't it perfection? The double-breasted pin-stripe suit, the white shirt and silk tie are clear references to classic American mobster dresscode and are, in my mind, pure sartorial fuckery. It is Ellroy, afterall, who says the following about himself:
I am a master of fiction. I am also the greatest crime novelist who ever lived. I am to the crime novel in specific what Tolstoy is to the Russian novel and what Beethoven is to music.
This photo exchange made me wish that perhaps you'd want to join our conversation, too! Post a comment or send me an email and tell me which literary figure's style you admire the most. If you have a favorite photograph, send that on as well. If not, I promise to do some research for you! I promise to post all contributions and I am already thinking about several more photographs that I have collected over the years and have offered what I think is an intimate glimpse in the inner lives of my favorite writers.
Maybe we can make this into a regular feature here on The Migrant Bookclub?
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