Bret Easton Ellis

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I Interviewed him after Glamorama. I'd been led to believe he would be a reticent and gllomy sort in a long black coat. He turned up in jogging pants after going for a morning run, and he was a lovely, warm and funny man. Very childlike and engaging.

I like BEE. HE is nice man. I not read any of his book tho cos I not like reedin. Troo.

I ssen the flim where the man in the suit kut up the ladees tho

misterjones (misterjones), Thursday, 7 November 2002 11:06 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm gonna put SPOILERS in on American Psycho:

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Only read American Psycho which is amazing and made me feel superior to just about everyone I know who had read it who didn't get it or didn't understand what was happening and assumed it was meant to be taken as literal narration.

I love the conversation where Bateman is seems to be saying all the vile things flitting through his head but his female companion is just responding as if he's saying small talk (which obviously he is in objective reality).

And the record reviews are brilliant. Very well utilised in the film - though I heard there's an exploitation sequel which again assumes its all real.

tigerclawskank, Thursday, 7 November 2002 11:51 (sixteen years ago) link

I ended up at his birthday party last year through a weird set of circumstances. Everyone was dipping cigs in rubber cement and sucking on them. And everyone was wearing three piece suits (including me, natch). Twas eerie.

Yancey (ystrickler), Thursday, 7 November 2002 16:03 (sixteen years ago) link

six years pass...

I'm really enjoying The Informers. It's great. I just love the atmosphere.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Wednesday, 28 October 2009 20:24 (nine years ago) link

Here's me with my pal Bret

http://krakow.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p721520122-3.jpg

krakow, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 23:44 (nine years ago) link

ten months pass...
ten months pass...

Teaming up with Paul Schrader.

saint dominic's p4k review (Eazy), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 02:20 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

its like dude is making a mockery of himself. some of those are genuinely funny, tho. any sequel sounds couldn't go beyond the realm of fan-fic, even if by the author himself. i'm just not seeing how much "newness" we can derive from p. bateman... rather ellis set up all this current pop-culture homages in some other affordance, or with new characters. plus bateman would be, what.. in his 50s? we've done this shit already, gordon geccko/shia lebouf

NO NUTRITIONAL CONTENT (kelpolaris), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 15:27 (seven years ago) link

after the Less than Zero sequel, this is the lit equivalent of all these "classic album" shows

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 23 March 2012 11:19 (seven years ago) link

brett easton ellis is really clever with what he does. In fact is he like one of the best American Writer's or what? I thought American pycho and Glamorama were his best books, some of the best one's out there in tghis short of stile. He writes so well, his character's come alive. There not just about violence, Easton Ellis get's some real messages across. EG Money versus reputation, and vice versa. I thought Less than Zero was sort of shit, just boring but written in a fun style, the only thing that kept me reading it. You appreciate it more when you read his later stuff. Rules of attraction is pretty much the same, just bigger and maybe more to it, story line that is. Oh yea and Don Dalillo rules, he's like one of America's greatest writer's as well, along with Pychon, thou his stuff is just totally a head fuck or what? It's so crazy it leaves you feeling punch drunk, recommmended. I want to get my hand's on David Foster Wallace cause I hear he's got some good stuff. Oh yea and Chuck paliniuk is a fucking great writer as well, read all his stuff, loved all his stuff. just read it for crying out loud, this is what it's all about. If you don't like the way Brett easton ellis writes that's okay but once you get it you got it and I loved it. Can't wate for the next book, I'll be camping out for it. See ya
― Tony, Tuesday, January 15, 2002 1:00 AM (10 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol

tempestuous alaskan nites! (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 23 March 2012 12:18 (seven years ago) link

brett easton ellis is really clever with what he does. In fact is he like one of the best American Writer's or what? I thought American pycho and Glamorama were his best books, some of the best one's out there in tghis short of stile. He writes so well, his character's come alive. There not just about violence, Easton Ellis get's some real messages across. EG Money versus reputation, and vice versa. I thought Less than Zero was sort of shit, just boring but written in a fun style, the only thing that kept me reading it. You appreciate it more when you read his later stuff. Rules of attraction is pretty much the same, just bigger and maybe more to it, story line that is. Oh yea and Don Dalillo rules, he's like one of America's greatest writer's as well, along with Pychon, thou his stuff is just totally a head fuck or what? It's so crazy it leaves you feeling punch drunk, recommmended. I want to get my hand's on David Foster Wallace cause I hear he's got some good stuff. Oh yea and Chuck paliniuk is a fucking great writer as well, read all his stuff, loved all his stuff. just read it for crying out loud, this is what it's all about. If you don't like the way Brett easton ellis writes that's okay but once you get it you got it and I loved it. Can't wate for the next book, I'll be camping out for it. See ya
― Tony, Tuesday, January 15, 2002 1:00 AM (10 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol

tempestuous alaskan nites! (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 23 March 2012 12:18 (seven years ago) link

what the hell, I didn't post that twice

tempestuous alaskan nites! (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 23 March 2012 12:38 (seven years ago) link

See ya.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 23 March 2012 12:56 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

read Less Than Zero and hated its guts, liked American Psycho quite a bit but absolutely couldn't stomach the first ~5 pages of Glamorama that I read...he's a boring starfucker with intellectual insecurity issues, but with cool aesthetics. idk...i keep up with his twitter. really wish he got the gig for the 50 shades of gray movie.

black redhead (spazzmatazz), Thursday, 29 November 2012 04:09 (six years ago) link

I wish he'd write a book length treatise on empire/post empire since he's clearly done with novels for now

Raymond Cummings, Thursday, 29 November 2012 05:09 (six years ago) link

Burrrrn

fiscal cliff huxtable (latebloomer), Friday, 7 December 2012 02:30 (six years ago) link

fuck this doucherocket who writes shitty books

*rad hug eomticon* (Control Z), Saturday, 8 December 2012 05:23 (six years ago) link

You know, they called Jesus a doucherocket too.

Pat Finn, Saturday, 8 December 2012 05:26 (six years ago) link

But Jesus didn't write shitty books or send assy tweets AFAIK.

*rad hug eomticon* (Control Z), Saturday, 8 December 2012 05:28 (six years ago) link

Jesus probably preferred Point Break to Hurt Locker.

Philip Nunez, Saturday, 8 December 2012 05:31 (six years ago) link

Jesus OTM if so

*rad hug eomticon* (Control Z), Saturday, 8 December 2012 05:32 (six years ago) link

I wonder if Jesus would have even bothered reading Glamorama.

Pat Finn, Saturday, 8 December 2012 05:34 (six years ago) link

Jesus is still wondering why they took the vampires out of the movie version of informers.

Philip Nunez, Saturday, 8 December 2012 05:37 (six years ago) link

I think Jesus is kidding himself by thinking of that film as some kind of missed opportunity. He's basically alone in his enthusiasm for the book and I think he's self-conscious about it.

Pat Finn, Saturday, 8 December 2012 05:43 (six years ago) link

Jesus just wants to see vampires terrorize LA because his betamax copy of lost boys is worn out and JHWH won't pay for decent enough broadband to torrent anything.

Philip Nunez, Saturday, 8 December 2012 05:49 (six years ago) link

JHWH experiences time differently from us. He doesn't realize how essential high speed internet is now.

Pat Finn, Saturday, 8 December 2012 05:51 (six years ago) link

JHWH definitely on the Empire side of Empire/post-Empire.

Philip Nunez, Saturday, 8 December 2012 05:53 (six years ago) link

He just doesn't get that Charlie Sheen doesn't want to be his goddamn prodigal son.

Pat Finn, Saturday, 8 December 2012 06:00 (six years ago) link

https://twitter.com/BretEastonEllis/status/277295977113739264

^B.E.E., like Jesus, letting us know that he is one of us after all.

Pat Finn, Saturday, 8 December 2012 06:44 (six years ago) link

seven months pass...

Anybody see The Canyons?

Beatrix Kiddo (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 2 August 2013 23:06 (five years ago) link

theres a thread my man

Paul Schrader's THE CANYONS, starring Lindsay Lohan and some porn star

johnny crunch, Friday, 2 August 2013 23:13 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

has anybody listened to his podcast yet?

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Friday, 17 January 2014 17:05 (five years ago) link

yes - I had to turn it off after 5 mins, i'm just not used to hearing an "interviewer" shoe in his own cliched views in the discussion

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 17 January 2014 17:09 (five years ago) link

yeah there is some serious ponitificating going on in all the interviews. they have all been particularly annoying so far tbh.

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Friday, 17 January 2014 17:20 (five years ago) link

WRONG

They have all been pretty great.

Beatrix Kiddo (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 17 January 2014 20:12 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

the fred armisen/carrie brownstein episode was amazing so icy

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 14 April 2014 17:49 (five years ago) link

um u do know they're all fred/carrie episodes?

wat is teh waht (s.clover), Monday, 14 April 2014 18:10 (five years ago) link

oh shit thought this was the portlandia thread!

wat is teh waht (s.clover), Monday, 14 April 2014 18:10 (five years ago) link

Haha!

That's So (Eazy), Monday, 14 April 2014 18:13 (five years ago) link

I think BEE didn't know how reticent an interviewee Armisen is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1tX54iDJLY

That's So (Eazy), Monday, 14 April 2014 18:14 (five years ago) link

lol it's funny actually i think armisen did it in character and brickwalled BEE after the overbearing intro on gender and how carrie brownstein was the first woman on the podcast

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 14 April 2014 18:15 (five years ago) link

got that feeling listening to it the first time, that he had completely offended them and was struggling to get by the whole hour, and he did a whole intro about how armisen looked 'disgusted' during the taping but was perfectly nice and normal before and after… great stuff

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 14 April 2014 18:17 (five years ago) link

*did a whole intro on that the following week when Ivan Reitman was a guest, and like all BEE's guests, was just sort of like "yeah…I'm sorry about that" after his intro rants. LOVE IT

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 14 April 2014 18:18 (five years ago) link

adam carolla on this week p good he usually bugs the shit out of me

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 14 April 2014 18:18 (five years ago) link

He should drop the intro rants, theyre terrible. If he has something to say about someones work, isnt it better to say throughout a conversation? The guest is just left there going "ummmm, ok" and being slightly reticent for the rest of the interview, which I found was the case with Malkmus's interview as well.

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Monday, 14 April 2014 19:03 (five years ago) link

malkmus sounded blazed/burnt out as hell

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 14 April 2014 19:05 (five years ago) link

yeah he did sound a bit stoned

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Monday, 14 April 2014 19:08 (five years ago) link

Also it's funny how, say, Marc Maron and Carrolla record their long intros without the guest present--whereas I picture BEE's guests staring into space for 10 minutes as he goes on, with them sitting there waiting to speak.

That's So (Eazy), Monday, 14 April 2014 19:08 (five years ago) link

Lunar Park is the one... his most sincere & moving prose

flappy bird, Thursday, 11 April 2019 22:09 (three months ago) link

I tried Lunar Park but couldn't make it to the end.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 11 April 2019 23:11 (three months ago) link

he's doing this to get his name in the cycle imo. if this interview goes well, who reads it? almost no-one. instead...

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 12 April 2019 00:50 (three months ago) link

does he express the same dipshitted thought-free views on his podcast for hours every week and in other interviews and in his writing as part of the same long game?

blokes you can't rust (sic), Friday, 12 April 2019 00:53 (three months ago) link

yes

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 12 April 2019 00:57 (three months ago) link

his whole career has been exactly like this

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 12 April 2019 00:58 (three months ago) link

any decade now, he's going to write something that isn't surface-level vapid in its understanding of humans and money, and we'll all be wowed because of his careful cultivation of alternate expectations over the rest of his output

blokes you can't rust (sic), Friday, 12 April 2019 01:15 (three months ago) link

Having heard many of his podcasts I'm always amused that his opening salvo about whatever he saw at ArcLight that week or some snowflake grievance is done with his guest waiting quietly there with him. He'll go in for 10 minutes before introducing them and they have to jump in wherever he is.

Yelploaf, Friday, 12 April 2019 02:04 (three months ago) link

10? more like 45

it is a good bit

flappy bird, Friday, 12 April 2019 02:29 (three months ago) link

any decade now, he's going to write something that isn't surface-level vapid in its understanding of humans and money, and we'll all be wowed because of his careful cultivation of alternate expectations over the rest of his output


this was Lunar Park

flappy bird, Friday, 12 April 2019 02:29 (three months ago) link

ok I just read the interview... wow 🥵

flappy bird, Friday, 12 April 2019 03:45 (three months ago) link

You came to the defense of Roseanne Barr, saying that she denied, after tweeting racist stuff about Valerie Jarrett, knowing Valerie Jarrett was black.

Did she say that? That she didn’t know she was black?

You say it in the book.

Yeah, right, I quoted her.


lmfao

flappy bird, Friday, 12 April 2019 03:46 (three months ago) link

Thanks so much for talking.

It’s interesting to have that back-and-forth pull in an interview. The only problem, however, is that I am not that political, and so, when we have this conversation, and you confront me with certain things like this, I really am, I have to say, at a loss.


Awesome bret

good lord

flappy bird, Friday, 12 April 2019 03:49 (three months ago) link

what a choad

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 April 2019 04:00 (three months ago) link

he’s SO imperious like some regent giving audience to a scribe which is hilarious bc almost no-one gives a shit about him anymore

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 April 2019 04:04 (three months ago) link

Seems like the people posting here give a shit about him

badg, Friday, 12 April 2019 12:32 (three months ago) link

I kind of hate that they used that dewy, youthful glamourshot of him in that interview (note: I've never given a fuck about him besides that checkmark on gay men who are terrible misogynists.).

Yerac, Friday, 12 April 2019 12:42 (three months ago) link

the shtick of saying wrong or irritating things in conversation to get attention, only to reveal you don't remember any particular conversation because you had no real emotional investment in one thing

doing so in print and then shrugging it off as "oh, I guess I wrote that, whatever" to further irritate an interviewer and the audience makes me think he's subconsciously going for next-level jackanapes status

mh, Friday, 12 April 2019 12:53 (three months ago) link

The entire comes off as him having had many decades of therapy but ultimately he just doesn't care because it doesn't affect him personally (except for not being able to fuck his millennial boyfriend in peace). Please buy his book.

Yerac, Friday, 12 April 2019 13:04 (three months ago) link

otm, that disaffected stance of "I don't give a shit about any of this but it's the only thing anyone around me will talk about. I'll just be contrary so they pay attention to me."

mh, Friday, 12 April 2019 13:05 (three months ago) link

As I posted upthread he was reflective when talking about this when I saw him a decade ago, but since then he’s obviously gone full culture war and decided that he was the wronged party and that he’s never, ever getting over it.

gyac, Friday, 12 April 2019 13:11 (three months ago) link

I think I am an absurdist. I think politics are ridiculous.

Maybe don’t write a book about it. Would that be the solution?

[I think the problem is that I don’t necessarily see this as interesting as fiction.

Yeah, I could tell.

lmao

i love isaac chotiner's interviews, he's remarkably good at letting people hang themselves

arli$$ and bible black (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 12 April 2019 13:21 (three months ago) link

I haven't been able to track down who they're talking about, but some people on twitter have mentioned that Bret's partner is a boring-ass centrist democrat.

mh, Friday, 12 April 2019 13:30 (three months ago) link

He seems to be a Biden fan, so yes.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 12 April 2019 13:33 (three months ago) link

Does Biden have a lot of millennial support? Wouldn’t have thought so.

gyac, Friday, 12 April 2019 13:35 (three months ago) link

Does Biden have a lot of millennial support? Wouldn’t have thought so.

gyac, Friday, 12 April 2019 13:35 (three months ago) link

he's def the choice of boring-ass centrist democrats

arli$$ and bible black (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 12 April 2019 13:37 (three months ago) link

he watches Maddow and his name is Todd

flappy bird, Friday, 12 April 2019 13:38 (three months ago) link

otm, that disaffected stance of "I don't give a shit about any of this but it's the only thing anyone around me will talk about. I'll just be contrary so they pay attention to me."

This. He tweaks the left because they are the only ones who know who he is and might give a shit. Trump voters likely don’t give a shit about him; can’t rebel if no one knows who you are.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Friday, 12 April 2019 13:39 (three months ago) link

remember back when ivanka trump was explaining that she wanted a man like patrick bateman

sometimes ponder whether she thinks she got that

mh, Friday, 12 April 2019 13:44 (three months ago) link

https://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/discovery-todd-michael-schultz

Yerac, Friday, 12 April 2019 13:44 (three months ago) link

ok, if that's Todd's actual twitter account I found...

...well, I don't really use twitter to be an intellectual, but jesus christ

mh, Friday, 12 April 2019 13:49 (three months ago) link

Him tweeting “come over at do bring coke now” at like 5 in the morning that one time was pretty good tbh

circa1916, Sunday, 14 April 2019 16:05 (three months ago) link

Gloriously scathing review from Anna Leszkiewicz at the graun.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/24/white-by-bret-easton-ellis-review-sound-fury-and-insignificance

brain (krakow), Thursday, 25 April 2019 08:03 (two months ago) link

Best review yet in nailing how Ellis acts like the detached observer when he's the irrational, outraged one. Funny how David Mamet has done something similar, going from being the guy who was all about the mechanics and math of playwriting to becoming the didactic, moralizing writer he always bemoaned in essays and interviews

... (Eazy), Thursday, 25 April 2019 13:58 (two months ago) link

https://s.put.re/xaEDHCno.jpeg

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 25 April 2019 19:55 (two months ago) link


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