Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Brett Easton Ellis: American Psycho (1991)

American PsychoAmerican Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unfairly dismissed and condemned upon release. Yes, it is over-the-top, it is definitely offensive/disgusting (seriously), but this is a satirical book that is examining the greed and disdain of Wall St elites. In particular it demonstrates the distorted solipsistic reality of Bates who is cocooned in his narcissistic, incestuous world so deeply that the only thing he views as important is the consumer culture he is enamored with as a marker of his status -- and that is where things get literally fucked up! It is also a great meditation on truth/authenticity in a overly mediatized (mediated) world. It is all the more important now and should, perhaps, be viewed with the documentary Inside Job for some perspective.

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