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Bret Easton Ellis’ new book ‘White’ in eight powerquotes

'In many respects American Psycho is one man’s ultimate series of selfies'

Door: , 13:42, 29 april 2019
Writer Bret Easton Ellis poses during the photocall of "The Canyons" presented out of competition during the 70th Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2013 at Venice Lido. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

'In many respects American Psycho is one man’s ultimate series of selfies'

“The greatest crime being perpetrated in this new world is that of stamping out passion and silencing the individual.”

“In many respects American Psycho is one man’s ultimate series of selfies.”

“‘I can’t relate to it’ had come to be shorthand for ‘I won’t watch it,’ much as ‘I can’t identify with it’ now means ‘I won’t read or listen to that.’ You hear this increasingly as a rallying cry, and not only from millennials, yet the idea behind it serves no progressive purpose; it marginalizes not only artists but also, ultimately, everybody on the planet. In essence, it’s fascist.”

“So. Fucking. What. Should any murder be rationalized away because somebody got offended by how an opinion was expressed?”

“America as it existed at the height of Empire began to reveal itself in the prosperous postwar 1950s, defining and expressing itself through the rise of the mass mediums of television, movies and pop music, of celebrity itself, and it ran roughly through 9/11. Empire limped along through the rest of the Bush presidency, at least until the economy blew up, and then Obama was elected, social media grew dominant, and programming shifted to accommodate the new cultural needs that formed after this cataclysm. If Empire was the Eagles, Veuve Clicquot, Reagan, The Godfather and Robert Redford, then post-Empire was American Idol, coconut water, the Tea Party, The Human Centipede, and Shia LaBeouf.”

“Women are looked at and judged and appropriated or demeaned a lot more frequently than men will ever be, but in an era driven by the dreaded idea of inclusivity for everyone, no matter what, beauty now seems threatening, a separator, a divider, instead of just a natural thing: people who are admired and desired for their looks, individuals stepping away from the herd and being worshipped for their beauty. For many of us this is a reminder of our own physical inadequacies in the face of what our culture defines as sexy, beautiful, hot—and yes, men will be men, boys will be boys, and dudes will be dudes, and nothing’s ever going to change that. But to pretend that looks and hotness, whether you’re a guy or a girl, shouldn’t make you popular is one of those sad stances that can make you question the validity, or the reality, of this cult of inclusivity.”

“All we’ve really done is to set ourselves up—to be sold to, branded, targeted, data-mined. But this is the logical endgame of the democratization of culture and the dreaded cult of inclusivity, which insists everybody has to live under the same umbrella of rules and regulations: a mandate that dictates how all of us should express ourselves and behave.”

“In the new digital post-Empire age we’re accustomed to rating TV shows, restaurants, video games, books, even doctors, and we mostly give positive reviews because nobody wants to look like a hater. And even if you aren’t one, that’s what you’re labeled if you steer away from the herd.”


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