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LA Press Club’s Bad Mother Book Party

Silverlake’s El Chavito bar was packed Wednesday night with literary types, all there to celebrate journalist Nancy Rommelmann‘s debut novel, The Bad Mother, which centers around the lives of Hollywood street kids. Rommelmann now lives in Portland, but she put in nearly two decades as an Angeleno, has written for the LA Times and LA Weekly, and remains a contributor to the LA Observed website. A book trailer for The Bad Mother can be viewed here.

American Idol beat reporter Richard Rushfield, Nancy Rommelmann, and David Rensin


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More JT LeRoy–Nancy Rommelmann in LA Weekly

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Nancy Rommelmann, who really is where she should be all the time, goes further into the never-ending world of JT LeRoy/Laura Albert in the LA Weekly. Rommelmann got an assignment from the LA Times to interview LeRoy, a few years back and there the adventure began.

Rommelmann writes with great compassion and insight but she’s clear-eyed about Albert’s manipulations, hucksterism and talent. She told FBLA:

In some ways, she’s easy to like; she’s spouting these platitudes and you’re thinking, come on, you know this is bull. Then she gets fiesty, and I liked that. She’s also sort of ill-looking; I found myself at one point literally rubbing her hands in mine, because they were purple-gray.

That JT and I had been phone pals; there’s just no story there; he had hundreds of phone pals. It was when I found out about the Heights connection–you have no idea how many people Laura and I know in common–that’s when I knew, okay, this is my job to do. It was easy not to judge her; harder, was to take all this information and let it find its form. It took a long time, like, five effing months. I have a big thing about wanting not to betray those who’ve spoken to me. I’m fairly certain Laura won’t see it this way, but, I did my best to let her tell me the story as she saw it, and then build into that what I found.

Earlier:
On the Road with Laura Albert & Alan Feuer

Nancy Rommelmann on Munchhausen Mom

Nancy Rommelmann, in the Williamette Weekly, writes about a mother who spent a lifetime convincing others she and her daughter were sick and victimized. Then in October, she killed them both. It’s a brutal story, and also a cautionary one. And of course, there’s a celebrity involved: Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary.

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FBLA 20 Questions: Nancy Rommelmann

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Nancy Rommelmann, formerly of Los Angeles, now of Portland, writes frequently about food, life, loss, and love. Her compassion for her subjects never cloys; her probing of their foibles never crosses the line into cruel exploitation. And thus, she kindly answered our probing, exploitative questions.

1. What’s the first thing(s) you read in the morning?
Currently: War and Peace, the new Pevear/Volokhonsky translation.
Eternally: The New York Times

2. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure website? Dlisted

3. What job do you fantasize about having? Novelist

4. Last movie you saw? Beowolf, about ten minutes ago

5. Last book you read?
Steve Almond’s Rants, Exploits and Obsessions (Not That You Asked)

6. Best show legendary biz/movie star encounter. At age fifteen, I stopped Paul Newman on Madison Avenue, knowing full well it was him behind his mirrored shades, and asked, sweetly, “Can you tell me what time it is?” At which he took a two-second pause, drank in my long, bare, mini-skirted legs, and slowly pulled off his glasses.

7. Proudest media moment? Winning AAN and LA Press Club awards back-to-back was pretty good, but really, it’s every story I’m working on where I sense the greatness and just keep chipping away.

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JT Leroy Remembered

Writer Nancy Rommelmann, now of Portland, formerly of LA, reminiscences about her JT Leroy encounters.

She interviewed the reclusive author, who asked for a copy of the audio tape.