James Ellroy and Dylan Thomas’s ‘In My Craft or Sullen Art’

When I saw James Ellroy read from his most recent novelĀ Perfidia at the London Review Bookshop late last year (during which he signed my hardback copy with the helpful admonition ‘Alex – Finish ‘yo thesis!‘), he endedĀ the Q&A session by reciting a Dylan Thomas poem. The recital was in response to a question posed by Ellroy himself – in other words, he wanted an excuse to recite it, and nobody had asked the question to which he had prepared it as an answer, that question being, ‘Why do you write?’. Continue reading →