Cruelty Wears Designer Clothes and Chain-Smokes in LESS THAN ZERO

In Bret Easton Ellis’ debut novel, what people say doesn’t mean much on the surface, but their masks slip before long. Less Than Zero follows Clay as he returns home to sunny Los Angeles for winter break from college. Bret wrote this book when he was twenty-one! Yes, I’m jealous. Get ready to meet some of the douchiest people you’ve ever met as Clay cycles through mansion parties, coke binges, expensive dinners, and bouts of crippling meaninglessness and anxiety in eighties L.A. You learn to pay close attention to the slightest of details–a sigh, a glance, the flick of a cigarette–because good …

AMERICAN PSYCHO Is a Cultural Achievement

American Psycho tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a rich 26-year-old investment banker in 1989 New York City. You jump from the glitzy vibe of 1980s nightclub culture to the finer points of men’s fashion to mind-bending horror reminiscent of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. American Psycho is caustic, it’s so New York, it’s so 1980s. But it’s become more relevant since its 1991 publication, putting aside Patrick’s obsession with Donald Trump. There’s something magical about the prose. It’ll challenge you. Bret Easton Ellis, the author, has the skill to make you bust out laughing in one paragraph and make …

Coetzee’s DISGRACE Astounds

I’ve just finished it. Wow. This thing builds and builds and grows–climaxing multiple times–and leaves you wiser. Not only is the story engrossing–an old sex-addicted professor in South Africa–the writer is phenomenal. A true pleasure to read. I found myself constantly highlighting, phrases and words and feelings I’ve never seen used with such confidence. This book is a shining example for any writer and a blast for the reader. My favorite thing about this book is its artful description of human sexuality and desire. I’ve never read romance written with such power and honesty. Super grateful for having found this …

Watch GET OUT

Jordan Peele of Key & Peele KILLS it as the director of this movie. The 100% from Rotten Tomatoes are well deserved. I’m seeing it tonight for a second time. Not only is this an inventive horror movie in its own right, it’s a necessary contribution to our discussion of race. Hilarious, terrifying, challenging. You have to see this movie.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Watch it. It won’t be in theaters much longer. Fernanda and I were lucky enough to see it yesterday. This movie is a mirror, held up right in your face, forcing you to look at the rotten foundations of America and the deadly cost of your own inaction. Most of us (white people in general) aren’t mean racists. We don’t call black people the N-word or hate people because of their skin color. But most of us choose to be ignorant, and that is just as bad. Most of choose to ignore history and watch reality TV instead. Most of …