WHY: “Intelligent and briskly observed.
“Bret Easton Ellis, still perhaps best known for his novels American Psycho and Less Than Zero, offers his first nonfiction title, a collection of essays whose subjects include acting and authenticity, art and aesthetics, movies, books, popular culture and celebrity, Twitter, his own art, the lost art of having opinions, and the accelerating transformation of American society.
“If there’s an overriding theme in this intelligent and briskly observed offering, it’s that Ellis stands against what he perceives as ‘the threatening groupthink of progressive ideology,’ arguing that different perspectives shouldn’t make people enemies and that ideas and opinions are, perhaps, not the sum total of a person. He’s also an artist who engages deeply with works, and his takes on film, especially, are often fascinating.
“As his Twitter followers and podcast listeners will know, Ellis isn’t afraid to be contrarian, and that’s what makes this book so interesting. You might disagree with much of what Ellis thinks — but that, it would seem, is just fine with him.”
—Keir Graff, BOOKLIST
“His vigorous, daring take on today’s ideological wars
will provoke much thought and more controversy.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Well-written pieces bubbling with attitude and self-confidence.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
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FROM THE BOOK:
This is an age that judges everybody so harshly through the lens of identity politics that if you resist the threatening groupthink of “progressive ideology,” which proposes universal inclusivity except for those who dare to ask any questions, you’re somehow fucked. Everyone has to be the same, and have the same reactions to any given work of art, or movement or idea, and if you refuse to join the chorus of approval you will be tagged a racist or a misogynist. This is what happens to a culture when it no longer cares about art.