Two Flavors of James EllroyTake a look at these two pictures:
On the right is the illustration of James Ellroy from the New York Times review of his latest memoir, The Hilliker Curse. On the left is the picture I took of him for The Rap Sheet when I covered his talk at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
I've Photoshopped my picture a bit to make it look like a watercolor, but even without the manipulations, I don't think there's much doubt that the artist used it as a model for his efforts. Look at the ears in particular.
It's not surprising, really, since the photo adorns Ellroy's Wikipedia entry, but it was an odd deja vu feeling to see it in the paper.