Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bret Easton Ellis Is an Asshole

Jealous much, Bret?

[From a question answered by Bret Easton Ellis during his appearance at the Southbank Centre.]

Question: David Foster Wallace – as an American writer, what is your opinion now that he has died?

Answer: Is it too soon? It’s too soon right? Well I don’t rate him. The journalism is pedestrian, the stories scattered and full of that Mid-Western faux-sentimentality and Infinite Jest is unreadable. His life story and his battle with depression however is really quite touching. . . .

[To Mr. Easton Ellis: Infinite Jest is unreadable only if you are intellectually lazy and/or unimaginative, which pretty much describes the typical reader of your work. I guess I'm sentimental enough to believe that you ought not to take cheap fucking shots at the dead. Your response made you sound like a jealous condescending prick.


A Sentimental Midwestern Blogger

p.s. As a person who battles depression, I can assure you it is anything but touching.]


Jeannie said...

Who the hell is Bret EAston Ellis? And why should we care what it thinks?

Sarcastic Bastard said...

He is a well-read American writer, I am sorry to say.

ZenGato said...

I have enjoyed some of Bret Easton Ellis writing but I have to say I will enjoy it a little less now that I am so in doubt of his intelligence. Now my enjoyment seems like an accident rather than having anything to do with his skill. What a dick.

Ms. Moon said...

Is Mr. Ellis still with us?

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Thanks. Obviously I concur.

Ms. Moon,
Yep, unless some crazed DFW fan has taken him out already. Laugh. He's a bit older than I am.