Bret Easton Ellis, etc.
A high placed friend of mine is reading an advance copy of Bret Easton Ellis's new novel 'Lunar Park' (Knopf, August). I'm a real admirer of Bret's work, so I'm very curious. If you're curious too, it seems that the novel consists of three emeshed narratives. There's what appears to be an autobiographical narrative where Bret talks about his life and career, the reviews his books got, the shit he took for 'American Psycho,' the Brat Pack, his drug problems, his sexual identity, etc. Then there's a narrative that seems to be a kind of fantasy autobiography where Bret is or was married and has a son, maybe illegitimate, whom he's trying to reconnect with. Then there's what my friend described as a 'quasi-Stephen King style' story where the narrator (Bret) is living in a haunted house. My friend, who's also a fan, says it's a very strange novel full of Bret's terrific sentences and sense of irony, but he says he's not sure what to make of the confessional/self-conscious stuff yet (he's halfway through), in terms of whether it's sincere and truthful or part of a big mindfuck that will be revealed at the novel's end. Anyway, I thought I'd pass that along, for whatever it's worth.
PS to 'nick': I hven't seen 'Mysterious Skin' yet. I'd really like to hear your album. Post your email address in the comments or send it to me c/o the website they'll pass it on to me. I'll send you an address. Thanks.
PS to 'katerskate': I'd start with 'The Elementary Particles.'
PS to 'steve' and 'james': You're so right about Arthur Russell. I can't believe I spaced on him. I'm going to write the curator and add him to the list. Thanks a lot, guys.
PS to 'chris hughes': My computer fucked up a few weeks ago and I lost a ton of email addresses, including yours. Write me, and I'll write you back pronto.