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Ellroy Opts Out, Goodbye to Facebook and Other Stories

June 26, 2011

This story must have slipped me by, but it seems James Ellroy closed his FaceBook page back in April and signed off in typically abrasive fashion:

Dear FB Friends,
Fuck Facebook!!!!! — It has proven to be worthless as a book-selling device, and is nothing but a repository for perverts, reparation-seekers, old buddies looking for handouts, syphillitic ex-girlfriends looking for extra-curricular schlong and hack writers begging for blurbs. For those looking for the REAL Ellroy shit, go to my wigged-out website: JamesEllroy.net.
Sayonara, Motherfuckers!!!

Put this alongside the news that the writer of The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin, and the film’s star Jesse Eisenberg have both closed their FaceBook accounts it may be too early too say FaceBook’s days are numbered, as Will Heaven writes at the Telegraph, but it seems that the networking site is beginning its decline.

Very sad news to hear of the passing of actor Peter Falk who has died at the age of 83. Falk had a distinguished career on stage and screen, but he will forever be remembered as the shambling, dishevelled but always underestimated Lieutenant Columbo in the Detective series:

A rather different story, but it was stunning to hear of the arrest of former Boston crime boss and FBI informant James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in Los Angeles. Bulger had been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives for fifteen years after going into hiding in December, 1994. Good news for the relatives of Bulger’s victims who will finally get a chance to see justice served. Bulger was memorably the inspiration for the character of Frank Costello, the Mob Boss played so brilliantly by Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed:

With the arrest of Bulger and recent assassination of Osama Bin Laden it has been a good year for law enforcement with the top two targets removed from the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list. You can read the list here, it makes for interesting albeit disturbing reading.

My wife and I are going to the US to visit friends and family, and hopefully get some work done! I’ll be blogging again in mid-July.

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