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Episode 244: Summer of Spouses, Helen Knode (and James Ellroy)


This is it, folks: the last episode in our Summer of Spouses season. We’re talking about the writer Helen Knode, who was married for a time to James Ellroy, and who seemed unable to escape his shadow, at least as a novelist (nearly every review of her first book mentioned Ellroy within the first few sentences). We also talk about Ellroy’s relationship to women, which he detailed in a memoir a few years’ back. And, since this is the last week of the season, we decide whether marriage is good or bad. If you’re thinking of getting married, you’ll want to hear this!

In the second half of the show, we dig into some more Yahoo Answers! questions about marriage, including: a wife who doesn’t like the gift her husband gave her, a husband who doesn’t like to go “downtown,” and a couple who are at odds over whether to have a threesome.

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Author: mikeingram25

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2 thoughts on “Episode 244: Summer of Spouses, Helen Knode (and James Ellroy)

  1. Callow. Jejune. Dipshits. Truly a new one: A “Literature” blog and podcast whose principals blather about writers whose work they gigglingly boast they have not read. Tickled to hold forth on online gossip about James Ellroy, but not up to the heavy lifting of um, reading his books. Too lazy to avail themselves of LAWeekly archives or Lexus and read Helen Knode’s critical work. Gifting the world with shallow apercus about the relationship between these two people without having read the detailed and self-lacerating account of it contained in “The Hilliker Curse.” Perhaps most stupefying . . . . Apparently too stunted to learn from a few seconds’ advance due diligence research that James Ellroy and Helen Knode have been living re-partnered in Colorado for several years now. For God’s sake, try the sports bar or Bro Pub milieu–“Literature” is not working out for you.

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