At Harper’s Bazaar, Jason Diamond revisits the literary brat pack in the harsh morning light of thirty years later, examining their histories (real and really sensationalized) in hope of moving towards a new understanding of Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Tama Janowitz, Donna Tartt, and Jill Eisenstadt—a more balanced understanding, of adults who are ready to settle down....more
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Over at the Guardian, Scottish author Irvine Welsh makes a case for Bret Easton Ellis’s often reviled, always controversial American Psycho as a modern classic. Welsh—the author of his own modern classic, Trainspotting—defends the novel, insisting that the qualities that make it uncomfortable for us as readers are why it’s so profound:
American Psycho holds a hyper-real, satirical mirror up to our faces, and the uncomfortable shock of recognition it produces is that twisted reflection of ourselves, and the world we live in.
In late August the Melbourne Writers Festival cranked up again, celebrating its 25th anniversary. There were ten days of scheduled programming, most events jostled tight into two weekends. The official maxim of the festival this year was to ‘Expect the Unexpected’ and silly as that aphorism is, it also proved true....more
There’s been a lot of new people here lately, so if you’re new to the Rumpus (or if you’re not), Sunday’s the day where you can catch up with what Rumpus Books has been up to this week....more
I felt like the book pulsed in my bag, a bright-covered blip that kept demanding I come back and progress a few pages....more
This week in New York Bret Easton Ellis and Shane Jones read, Light Industry screens “arty porn,” the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is in its final run at the Public Theater, The Fiery Furnaces and The New Bomb Turks perform, Behind the Scenes at The Paris Review releases its summer issue with a party, NYC Pride March, and Flavorpill hosts the largest yoga event ever on the Great Lawn at Central Park....more