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Angelenos/novelists Matthew Specktor and Bret Easton Ellis got together at the Polo Lounge recently to talk about Los Angeles's place in fiction, and about how they no longer associate literature with the East Coast. Specktor: "Growing up in L.A. during the '70s and '80s, when this city's aesthetic was constantly being parodied back at me through a New York perspective anyway, I just felt Los Angeles had to be as ridiculous as I was constantly being told it was. I didn't yet have the eyes to see it for myself." [Salon]