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 …

Do Yourself a Favor and Read The Godfather

Even if you’ve seen the movies, you need to read The Godfather. I couldn’t put it down. Almost six hundred pages and I swallowed the whole thing in a week. As soon as you think the dust has settled, the author Mario Puzo throws something else at you. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and there are significant differences between the book and the movie. So fast, complex, entertaining. I start editing my crime novel, Mad City, this week. Before I started, I wanted to learn from one of the best crime novels ever written. Please, give …

Read More in 2017

Please. Do it. Good stories find themselves into your everyday life, they inform your relationships, they stay with you. They shock you. There’s this book Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs that I read a year and a half ago. I’m rereading it because it stuck with me. The images, the scenarios, the people, the tone. It reads like a disjointed series of nightmares, drug delusions. It’s disgusting/violent/obscene you name it! But the sentences in there…this book changed what I thought writing could be. I’ll read some passages today on my Instagram Story so check it out. I wanted to …

My Holiday Reading Recommendations

Here’s a short list of good books I’ve read recently that you may want to read or give to someone for the holidays. They’re all different lengths and genres, but they’re all really good. 1. Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski Bukowski somehow can be funny and serious at the same time. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and it’s really short. It’s a coming-of-age story set in Depression-era Los Angeles. 2. The Stand by Stephen King (unabridged) This one’s massive, over 1000 pages, but it’s well worth it. A government manufactured superbug gets outs and kills …