Bret Easton Ellis: “I think people want to be victims”
Bret Easton Ellis enters the hotel meeting room with a paper bag from Pret and a box of books. Although it’s two o’clock, he’s had a heavy breakfast (a ham and cheese omelette) and isn’t expecting to need lunch until 3pm. The books are to be signed, obviously. He is wearing a black tracksuit and practical looking trainers. His phone illuminates his front pocket. He opens a bottle of still water without offering me any, and drinks a little. I have not read his new book, White, a collection of essays largely bemoaning modern life.
Recent interviews portray Ellis as rather bristly – an interview with The New Yorker went viral after he started up about Trump and sexual assault; but then he is an author known for his candour in capturing the depravity of a certain high-flying class of people. He is polarising, sure, but he’s made a career out of it.
White is his first book in ten years. In the decade since Imperial Bedrooms (a sequel to his first book, 1985’s Less Than Zero), he’s taken to Twitter, hosted a podcast, helped write a couple of films and watched as American Psycho was turned into a musical. He’s also, it seems, spent a lot of time examining the void that rules us all: the dark vortex of the internet.
I have not read your new book. I’m sorry.
I’ve read the other ones, but when they came out.
But I’ve not read this one.
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