A Visceral Dissection of Bret Easton Ellis’ First Non-Fiction Work: White

Apparently Bret Easton Ellis used to be a big deal. As part of the literary brat pack that emerged in the 1980s he had a bad boy aura. His books were young, edgy and depicted a darker America, something that to outsiders seemed both glamorous and destructive. He appealed to that eternal hunt for the fountain of youth. But Bret is a writer whose literary legacy is stuck in the 80s and 90s and his edginess has been subsumed by society and culture at large. He can’t write the same books any more when life is more entertaining than fiction. It is not surprising then that he has moved from fiction to talking quite literally about the exact same themes.

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Craig awoke to the shrill beeping of his alarm as he did every morning. He had grown used to its harsh tone over the years, almost growing fond of the routine it represented. He lay there for a few seconds, just letting it ring, still waking up, and realising that it meant he had to […]


Peter Thiel Against Consensus Reality

Mason Masters is a writer, reader and commentator from Australia. He has many thoughts and you can follow them on Twitter with his handle @masondemaistre “Count Tolstoy preached inaction. It seems he had no need. We “inact” remarkably. Idleness, just that idleness Tolstoy dreamed of a free conscious idling that despises labour, this is one […]

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The Cost of Being Different

[responsivevoice_button buttontext=”Play”] |Author: V | There is no such thing as affirmative identity.  What people try so hard to qualify as a static metric of unyielding personal uniqueness is in fact an incoherent amalgamation of disparate experiences, memories, beliefs, and conflicting emotions we often mistake for cultivated ideas.  It is not a categorized self-imposed label. […]

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