From Sam Lipsyte to Hot Tub Time Machine in Less Than Ten Words

The Daily Beast discusses how Generation X writers (in this case, Bret Easton Ellis and Jennifer Egan) seem depressed as they enter, or in the midst of, middle age: Imperial Bedrooms is not great, but in its better moments the novel contributes to our culture’s rich seam of aging slacker angst. Correction: aging male slacker angst. Aren’t there any bummed-out women past the age of 35 expressing their feelings? Egan it seems, like so many other artists and writers of […]

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Guy Obsessed With Kerouac Realizes Bret Easton Ellis is no Jack Kerouac

In his review of Imperial Bedrooms, Jay Atkinson mentions Kerouac (who he wrote a book on), Bukowski, Jim Carroll, Walt Whitman, and Thoreau, all to make that point that Bret Easton Ellis is not as good as any of them. I also really like this line: “Of course, Ellis’s new book is laden with the obligatory references to Ambien, Grey Goose vodka, Josh Hartnett, Kevin Spacey, “Lost,’’ et al, brand names that are meant to be “relatable,’’ I suppose. But […]

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Things I Like About This Week’s New Yorker

1.  Bastard Noise gets a shout out.  This gives all my high school crust punk fantasies some validation. 2.  The Imperial Bedrooms review is tiny.  So tiny that I am led to believe there is nothing good to gain from this book. 3. Peter Schjeldahl on the Charles Burchfield retrospective at The Whitney. 4.  Nora Ephron parodies Stieg Larsson.

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Weekend Bites: Isaiah Berlin Poetry, Ben Greenman Speaks, Kevin Sampsell Reads, Respecting Lee Ranaldo, Imperial Bedrooms, and More

Isaiah Berlin inspires a poem. Ben Greenman interviewed. It’s gotta happen one of these day:  The Catcher in the Rye film. An excerpt from the new Bret Easton Ellis book, Imperial Bedrooms. 5 things Kevin Sampsell has read recently. Dennis Cooper pays respect to Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. The battle of “Jet Boy, Jet Girl.” Pirates stealing iPad shipments.

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Weekend Bites: Crappy Bret Easton Ellis, Chris Leo’s Back in Town, Stalking Eggers’ Stalker, Boob-Gate, and More

The crappy parts of a Bret Easton Ellis interview. Almost forgot about the Philosopher World Cup skit until 3:AM Magazine reminded me. Great write up about Chris Leo at Brooklyn the Borough. The always great Tracy Quan delivers an essay that deals with her “career shift from sex to letters“, in the summer issue of The Drawbridge. We asked: “Who the F*ck Hasn’t Stalked Dave Eggers?”, Codex wonders if Dave’s stalker is being stalked? Boob-gate: we all are getting stupider. […]

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Yo Bret Easton Ellis, What’s up With Them Shoes Playboy?

Bret Easton Ellis talks to Vice.  He discusses his books and “complicated tweets.”  Makes no mention of his terrible shoes: The Salinger one. On the day he died, you posted: “Yeah!! Thank God he’s finally dead. I’ve been waiting for this day for-fucking-ever. Party tonight!!!” Some people didn’t get it. I thought it was the greatest thing I’d read in a long time. Good. That’s good. That’s what I was hoping for. Did you get grief from friends over that? […]

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Weekend Bites: Less Than Zero Sequel has Less Than Awesome Cover, Tom Waits Does Shakespeare, Daniel Nester Giving Advice, and More

I agree with one HTMLGIANT commenter: the cover to the Less Than Zero sequel, Imperial Bedrooms, is horrible. Tom Waits to do Shakespeare. I’m just going to call it: the On the Road adaptation will suck. Getting around to reading everything Ralph Ellison is a task Troy Patterson at Slate is not up to. Daniel Nester gives tips for aspiring writers. Michael Schaub reviews Ten Walks/Two Talks by Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch at Bookslut. Check out our review of […]

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