Twenty years ago this week, Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects opened in theaters, and everybody lost their minds. It ended up redefining the “twist” ending, becoming a kind of shorthand for a left-field, eleventh-hour plot development that reconfigures everything that’s come before. But it was neither the first nor last movie to do that ending, or do it well. …Read More
Bret Easton Ellis
It’s August. It’s hot. You wish you could be on a beach, sipping a drink with an umbrella in it. You’re still at work. Work is the worst.
In The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy, open-mouthed, says “I’ve never heard of a beautiful witch before,” Glinda famously quips that only bad witches are ugly. But ’tis not so — or at least, there are plenty of very bad witches who are the opposite of ugly: beautiful, sexy, charming, devastatingly intelligent, or all of the above. So, in honor of J.K. Rowling’s outrage that we all love Draco so much, here’s 50 villains that we wouldn’t kick out of …Read More
We’ve reached the time of year when the days seem impossibly short and the nights never ending. Good if you’re a vampire or like to go to sleep early, less exciting for the rest of us. So what is one to do with all this extra darkness? Well, read some dark books, of course. Because there’s nothing better to cut through the literal gloom than to curl up with some intellectual doom. All you need is a tiny light to see your book by. Read on for 50 gloriously dark novels to read during these dark days. After a while, you may even stop wishing for the light to …Read More
If you’re going to devote a lengthy article to explaining why you’re inherently just better than about 80 million people you’ve never met, it’s perhaps not especially wise to start it with a mention of the fact that you wrote this. Such things, however, do not concern Bret Easton Ellis, who has doubled down on the interview he gave to VICE last year, in which he pronounced the millennial generation to be “Generation Wuss,” by penning 2,000 words for Vanity Fair‘s French edition about, yes, why he considers the millennial generation to be “Generation Wuss.” The article comes accompanied, with crushing inevitability, by a picture of Lena Dunham.
One of the things literature does better than almost any other medium is allow us to experience another person’s quality of mind, and sometimes even inhabit it. It follows, then, that every avid reader has a favorite literary character — whether they’re beloved for dastardly deeds, tough-girl antics, sex appeal, or a high snark quotient — and that there are many impossibly good ones out there. Click through to find 50 of the …Read More
Thirty years ago today, Vintage Books published Bright Lights, Big City, a semi-autobiographical, cocaine-fueled journey through ‘80s New York written by a 29-year-old Jay McInerney. Three years later, McInerney was famously anointed (or condemned) by the Village Voice as part of the “literary brat pack,” alongside Bret Easton Ellis and Tama Janowitz and a selection of other orbiting talents.
Happy Birthday Bret Easton Ellis, Post-Empire Muse! Let’s Remember ‘The Canyons’ With Great Longreads
Fifty years ago on this day in 1964, Bret Easton Ellis was born in Los Angeles, California. Twenty-one years later, he was unleashed on the world as a wunderkind unparalleled, a voice of a generation with his 1985 debut, Less Than Zero; five years later, 1991’s American Psycho incited literary riots over its violent and misogynistic perspective, while also also being a really great and unforgettable book on top of it. Nevertheless the world has been better and more controversial for having Bret Easton Ellis in it. His novels are gone deeper and deeper into intertextual metafiction about lost generations, and meanwhile, some of his works have been adapted to film, the best being Mary Harron’s unforgettable take on American Psycho, with Christian Bale working out and coke-babbling about Huey Lewis and the News.