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Bret Easton Ellis' new memoir The Shards is brilliant

Bret has been serializing his new memoir on his podcast. A new chapter every two weeks. It's about his senior year at The Buckley School, the private school in Sherman Oaks he attended which was the basis for his first novel Less Than Zero. But it's not like Less Than Zero.

They've put the first two chapters up for free. Beyond that, you can get all 14 chapters for a $2 donation to his Patreon. Trust me, it is well worth it. It's been the best Covid lockdown entertainment I can imagine. If you came of age in the '80s, and we're gay, it will speak to you.

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by Anonymousreply 113Last Friday at 3:32 PM

The Shardsh!

by Anonymousreply 1Last Wednesday at 4:58 PM

I like Bret Eaton Ellis, and I don't care what the rest of you think. I'd rather have fun than than respect.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Wednesday at 4:59 PM

How much homosex is detailed in the book?

by Anonymousreply 3Last Wednesday at 5:00 PM

Started listening and already SMH-ing

He's talking about "Ocho" tequila, Xanax, panic attacks and being rushed to the hospital because he had a panic attack.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Wednesday at 5:07 PM

BEE is a terrific writer - up there with Wolfe. However, he refuses to bow before the progressive left, so they will do anything they can to destroy him.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Wednesday at 5:10 PM

11 minutes in and he's still teasing the notion of "this thing that happened to [name drop X 4 + serial killer] and you're listening to find out WTF was so traumatic

by Anonymousreply 6Last Wednesday at 5:11 PM

I subscribe to his podcast and am really enjoying this. And yes, there are hot gay sex scenes.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Wednesday at 5:11 PM

This puffy old hack again?

by Anonymousreply 8Last Wednesday at 5:13 PM

He was a rough looking 53 four years ago

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by Anonymousreply 9Last Wednesday at 5:15 PM

OP here. I don't agree with BEE politically, but I love his writing. I think this is the best thing he's written. Yes, there are a few hot gay sex scenes.

It's really fascinating trying to figure out exactly what's going on in the story, as I think he's the most unreliable of narrators.

I think The Shards may be his magnum opus.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Wednesday at 5:17 PM

The Sharts

by Anonymousreply 11Last Wednesday at 5:21 PM

Thanks OP.

Have to agree with others that BEE is a dick, but that doesn’t necessarily take away from his writing ability.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Wednesday at 5:21 PM

How many of these pots did Brett write himself? Fuck off.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Wednesday at 5:23 PM

R5 = Bret Easton Ellis

by Anonymousreply 14Last Wednesday at 5:23 PM

Is he better than David Sedaris?

by Anonymousreply 15Last Wednesday at 5:30 PM

Where the fuck is the book? There isn’t a Kindle version? I don’t care about a goddamn podcast. How do I read the book?

by Anonymousreply 16Last Wednesday at 5:34 PM

Writing? That's not writing! That thing is a podcast -- I'm going to have to listen to it as opposed to read it myself.

Please -- I can read print a lot faster than these idiots can read aloud.

Hard pass.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Wednesday at 5:38 PM

[quote] Where the fuck is the book?

It's being sold as a roll of toilet paper. Each chapter is printed on a different square and it's meant to be read while on the pot.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Wednesday at 5:41 PM

It's pretty great, no matter what you think about BEE and his Peter Thiel fetish. It's a semi biographical novel about his group of friends in the late 70s in LA. I say semi because BEE claims it's all true, but there is clearly some heightened fiction there.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Wednesday at 5:51 PM

R5 implying that his lack of recent success is the work of a left wing cabal? Next you'll be saying Tim Allen is the world's funniest comedian, if only people would stop persecuting him for his views!

by Anonymousreply 20Last Wednesday at 5:55 PM

[quote] I don't agree with BEE politically, but

Why do people on the left always have to signal their political purity before they say anything? Hey R10 didn't you forget to tell us your pronouns and about how many Asian friends you have and how you totally support BLM? DL is turning into a fucking Politburo meeting.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Wednesday at 6:00 PM

He just had memoirs out called "White" about a year ago. I read that and enjoyed it, but have already forgotten it all. But I do remember him talking about going to the movies as a teenager. Seems strange his new book would take place such a short time later. Does he plan to have a new book about every five years of his life?

by Anonymousreply 22Last Wednesday at 6:07 PM

Why can’t I read it instead of listening? I hate audio “books”

by Anonymousreply 23Last Wednesday at 6:11 PM

[quote]If you came of age in the '80s, and we're gay, it will speak to you.

I apparently need to know if you are gay before this sentence could make sense.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Wednesday at 6:16 PM

He's still alive? I thought he overdosed

by Anonymousreply 25Last Wednesday at 9:11 PM

Thanks for shilling your new "brilliant" book to us, Bret/OP!

by Anonymousreply 26Last Wednesday at 9:15 PM

Not interested if there's no homosex.

by Anonymousreply 27Last Wednesday at 9:20 PM

R21 I brought that up because someone else mentioned it first. Otherwise, I wouldn't have.

Trust me you guys. It's an EXCELLENT piece of work, and it's a privilege to get to hear it in this raw form as Bret works in it week by week.

I don't really understand the cynical, angry responses. Give it a chance. I think by the end of chapter 2, you'll want to know where it's going.

I've been following very closely, looking at the Buckley yearbook from that year, and attempting to find news stories about some of the incidents he writes about. Really fun and interactive, in these Covid ridden days.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Wednesday at 9:21 PM

R27 plenty of homosex.

by Anonymousreply 29Last Wednesday at 9:22 PM

R26 I'm not Bret, and he would never come on here and post what I've been posting. Not his style at all.

by Anonymousreply 30Last Wednesday at 9:23 PM

R23 not yet. At first, Bret said he wasn't sure if it was going to be published, or if it works ld just be in audio form.

In my opinion, it's turned out to be a major work, and likely will eventually be published in book form.

by Anonymousreply 31Last Wednesday at 9:25 PM

*or if it would just remain in audio form.

(Autocorrect typo there)

by Anonymousreply 32Last Wednesday at 9:26 PM

R22 White was a collection of essays. The Shards is a memoir/novel.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Wednesday at 9:28 PM

Why does this idiot keep calling this podcast a novel? Make it stop, I beg you.

by Anonymousreply 34Last Wednesday at 9:32 PM

"Trust me! Trust me! It's Good!"

Worse than a 3AM infomercial.

He's a turd has-been.

by Anonymousreply 35Last Wednesday at 9:33 PM

God he's over rated.

What's that shit novel where some chapters are just listing the personnel on record albums like Huey Lewis?

That's not a great writer.

That's shite.

by Anonymousreply 36Last Wednesday at 9:35 PM

R27 yeah there's homosex

by Anonymousreply 37Last Wednesday at 9:37 PM

Bret looks like a caneface now

by Anonymousreply 38Last Wednesday at 9:40 PM

Can I get this through my library?

by Anonymousreply 39Last Wednesday at 9:53 PM

If you want to watch someone having a real live mental breakdown, follow BEE's boyfriend @ToddMichae1 on Twitter.

by Anonymousreply 40Last Wednesday at 9:56 PM

R40 Does it happen during the readings of the podcast?

by Anonymousreply 41Last Wednesday at 10:00 PM

The sharts? They happen to Brat daily.

by Anonymousreply 42Last Wednesday at 10:04 PM

What radio channel and time is it broadcasted on?

by Anonymousreply 43Last Wednesday at 10:06 PM

Will it be a Book of the Month selection soon?

by Anonymousreply 44Last Wednesday at 10:23 PM

Oprah's been raving about it.

by Anonymousreply 45Last Wednesday at 10:32 PM

R34 Huh? It's a novel/memoir. He's reading it chapter by chapter on his podcast.

by Anonymousreply 46Last Wednesday at 10:36 PM

Sad that he couldn’t get anyone to publish it.

by Anonymousreply 47Last Wednesday at 10:39 PM

Is it an Oprah pick? I was surprised to find that she was still doing that. I though SJP and Reese has superseded her.

by Anonymousreply 48Last Wednesday at 10:39 PM

OP: "...and we're gay..."

by Anonymousreply 49Last Wednesday at 10:40 PM

R47 He didn't try to. It's not written. Pretty good bet that it will be published once he's finished writing it and serializing it on his podcast.

by Anonymousreply 50Last Wednesday at 11:03 PM

Spoiler alert - Daenerys goes mad in the end and Bran becomes the Cripple 3 Eyed Raven King.

by Anonymousreply 51Last Wednesday at 11:15 PM

Was he unable to get into Harvard Westlake?

by Anonymousreply 52Last Wednesday at 11:17 PM

R40 Jesus, the boyfriend looks like when he “cooks” dinner the ingredients are Windex and Sudafed.

by Anonymousreply 53Last Wednesday at 11:18 PM

May the Schwartz be with you!

by Anonymousreply 54Last Wednesday at 11:20 PM

R53 He went on a very obvious meth binge recently. I thought he'd broken up with BEE but still called him his boyfriend when he was complaining about something at the Chateau Marmont. He's also been accusing Sia of paedophila.

by Anonymousreply 55Last Wednesday at 11:22 PM

R55 he sounds POZitively enchanting

by Anonymousreply 56Last Wednesday at 11:26 PM

Does Bret's pussy stink?

by Anonymousreply 57Last Wednesday at 11:26 PM

Windex and Sudafed? I thought that was the title of the Amy Winehouse biography?

by Anonymousreply 58Last Wednesday at 11:33 PM

Most of chapter one is sort of a forward. But it's important to hear, and sets up the world. Chapter two gets into the story.

by Anonymousreply 59Last Thursday at 12:22 AM

Not into aspies art.

by Anonymousreply 60Last Thursday at 1:16 AM

In one article it says his 'lover' died of a cerebral hemorrhage. In another it says heart attack. In still another it was after a night of partying to celebrate his 30th birthday...

I wonder if Ellis murdered him?

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by Anonymousreply 61Last Thursday at 1:18 AM

I’d prefer to read it, not listen to it.

by Anonymousreply 62Last Thursday at 2:25 AM

He's a terrible writer. He's one of those people that thinks if he just writes about horrible people doing horrible things that it's somehow intrinsically got value and is deep. He's like a real life version of Miss Marple's nephew, Raymond West.

by Anonymousreply 63Last Thursday at 3:36 AM

Still writing about young & affectless hedonists I see

by Anonymousreply 64Last Thursday at 4:01 AM

[quote]BEE is a terrific writer - up there with Wolfe.

I'm guessing you've read neither BEE nor Wolfe.

by Anonymousreply 65Last Thursday at 4:14 AM

I enjoyed listening to the first excerpt last night. It's gossipy and does not require me to think. Plus, I grew up in the '80s, so nostalgic. It's entertaining, and that's all I ask of anything these days.

by Anonymousreply 66Last Thursday at 4:29 AM

Actually R63, I always took his shtick to be "really rich people in places like NYC and LA doing terrible things, as reported by someone who is one of them."

There seems to be a lot of room for readers to think "see how having too much money makes children so depraved!"

He was also an antidote to all the "MFA Fiction" written by people who had never actually lived in the real world, and so wrote about academia or the imagined lives of blue collar people they met at their summer jobs.

by Anonymousreply 67Last Thursday at 4:38 AM

Has he declared war on Iowa’s Writers Workshop?

by Anonymousreply 68Last Thursday at 5:33 AM

[quote]and it's a privilege to get to hear it in this raw form as Bret works in it week by week.

I love DL threads about BEE because they always come down to this -- what is more pathetic, BEE writing this about himself or someone else writing it about BEE? Are his fanboys all raised on a strict diet of advertising copy?

by Anonymousreply 69Last Thursday at 5:48 AM

So, is this like the masses who would descend upon the piers of NYC desperate for the latest installment from Dickens shouting “Is Little Nell dead?” as the ship steamed into the harbor?

by Anonymousreply 70Last Thursday at 5:52 AM

It’s not a memoir, a book or a chapter - it’s a podcast. Audio”books” are an oxymoron.

by Anonymousreply 71Last Thursday at 6:28 AM

I don't feel sorry for him at all. He had a great run. Less Than Zero and American Psycho had the sort of success most writers can only dream of.

by Anonymousreply 72Last Thursday at 6:52 AM

R72 The Shards is better than both Less Than Zero and American Psycho.

by Anonymousreply 73Last Thursday at 8:34 AM

But those are actual books. You can buy them and read them. I don’t know what the hell this is. Songs that don’t rhyme?

by Anonymousreply 74Last Thursday at 9:48 AM

R74 I'm not sure what is so difficult to grasp here. Bret is writing his new novel in real time, and reading each new chapter on his podcast bi-weekly. It's a really cool and interesting way to do it. We're hearing it raw, before it's been edited.

It's been a fun interactive exercise trying to figure out from his 1982 yearbook exactly which students he's writing about. See below.

One interesting thing- Bret graduated with Michael Landon, Jr. who was hot as shit. But, I don't believe he's a character in The Shards, though he might be.

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by Anonymousreply 75Last Thursday at 11:15 AM

It's so laughable to see this has-been and his sock puppets re-appear on DataLounge every time he spurts out some 'project. It's so transparent, crass, and sad. He's a relic in publishing. A few years back, one publishing industry pal had a dartboard in the break room with his headshot dead center.

by Anonymousreply 76Last Thursday at 12:03 PM

I like the fact that he's having to give it away free, like a WHORE.

by Anonymousreply 77Last Thursday at 12:06 PM

If a man publishes a memoir, but it's really just a podcast that no one is listening to, does it really count as a real book?

by Anonymousreply 78Last Thursday at 12:09 PM

I so wish Glamorama had been made into a film. It would have been insane.

(and, no, Zoolander doesn't count)

by Anonymousreply 79Last Thursday at 12:12 PM

So there will be a real and actual book, R75?

by Anonymousreply 80Last Thursday at 1:52 PM

R76 Not a "sock puppet," just a fan.

You may want to take a look at your own life and figure out why you're such a miserable, bitter old queen.

by Anonymousreply 81Last Thursday at 2:00 PM

r73 is Bret Easton Ellis.

by Anonymousreply 82Last Thursday at 2:00 PM

R80 at first he wasn't sure if the story would go beyond the podcast. But in my opinion it's just so great that it almost certainly has to.

by Anonymousreply 83Last Thursday at 2:01 PM

R82 Wrong. It's me. I'm not Bret Easton Ellis. Thanks for playing.

by Anonymousreply 84Last Thursday at 2:02 PM

R79 I want to see Glitterati. Mostly to see Kip Pardue's dick.

by Anonymousreply 85Last Thursday at 2:03 PM

[quote]It's been a fun interactive exercise trying to figure out from his 1982 yearbook exactly which students he's writing about.

That is SO not Datalounge, dear.

by Anonymousreply 86Last Thursday at 2:41 PM

R86 What?

by Anonymousreply 87Last Thursday at 2:42 PM

Is he still cute? Is he out now?

by Anonymousreply 88Last Thursday at 3:19 PM

OP, R81, aka Sock Puppet, aka every other post in this thread:

You may want to take a look at your own sad tiny life and figure out why you're shilling such a fat ugly over-praised has-been suck-ass rightwing asshole author, cunt.

by Anonymousreply 89Last Thursday at 4:00 PM

[quote] Why do people on the left always have to signal their political purity before they say anything?

Because he’s a hateful odious fuck and people don’t want to be seen endorsing this pos who hates gay people.

by Anonymousreply 90Last Thursday at 4:15 PM

He’s pushing 300 lbs now. Sad. He’ll drop dead of a heart attack before you know it.

by Anonymousreply 91Last Thursday at 4:17 PM

R89 I know why. Because I enjoy his work, and I thought others on here might enjoy it as well.

Why does this bother you so much?

by Anonymousreply 92Last Thursday at 4:36 PM

R65 I'm guessing you've never taken a satisfactory bowel movement.

by Anonymousreply 93Last Thursday at 4:52 PM

Au contraire, R93. I was taking one while I typed that post.

by Anonymousreply 94Last Thursday at 5:03 PM

I get him and the guy who wrote Fight Club mixed up.

by Anonymousreply 95Last Thursday at 8:28 PM

I get him and breast cancerous Meatloaf from Fight Club: The Movie mixed up.

by Anonymousreply 96Last Thursday at 8:45 PM

that's chuck palahniuk R95

actually WHET chuck palahniuk? i thought he was writer-hot when he first started

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by Anonymousreply 97Last Thursday at 8:45 PM

I read this as The Sharts and now I can't unsee it. Forgive me. I do like his writing even if he gets insufferable about politics.

by Anonymousreply 98Last Thursday at 8:46 PM

Bret murdered me........several times. My last wordd to him were "You wouldn't know a good third act if it fuvked you in the ass.....again"

by Anonymousreply 99Last Thursday at 8:53 PM

Bret’s “boyfriend” makes this so much more complicated. Addicted to meth/coke/etx? ...and bipolar at the least, so messy. On the podcast, Bret says his “boyfriend” is often fucked by random guys and listening to that is ok, but not hot. How could hearing your “boyfriend” being railed by some Grindr guy not be titillating up if you’re into that? So maybe a BJ every month or two works for them? Anyone who follows the “millennial” knows what a disastrous nightmare he lives. What a mess.

by Anonymousreply 100Last Thursday at 9:24 PM

If he’s gay and anywhere near as good as some of you say, I say yay for Brett 👏👏👏 which film should I watch? I don't read much these days.

by Anonymousreply 101Last Thursday at 10:15 PM

Forget about the boyfriend, forget about the funny joke about the title. Listen to it. It's really compelling.

by Anonymousreply 102Last Friday at 1:26 AM

Enough, OP.


I am a listener and reader... maybe even a “fan” until recently... but this wild obsession displayed in this thread does neither Bret nor yourself any favors.

Yes, The Shards is good, thus far.

Let go.

by Anonymousreply 103Last Friday at 1:55 AM

Why is it a "wild obsession?" I made a thread about it, and I've addressed some concerns and questions people may have about it.

by Anonymousreply 104Last Friday at 2:16 AM

R104 I'm not sure you're really cut out for DL, doll.

by Anonymousreply 105Last Friday at 4:55 AM

OP proves his taste in lit is shitty, as he's doing a hard sell for one single book that isn't even a book. He's like a Mor(m)on who won't stop ringing your doorbell.

by Anonymousreply 106Last Friday at 8:42 AM

I'm a huge BEE fan but OP is just embarrassing.

by Anonymousreply 107Last Friday at 8:43 AM

When is a book not a book?

by Anonymousreply 108Last Friday at 8:46 AM

American Psycho is the only mildly interesting thing he's done, and all I could think reading it was what a missed opportunity it was.

by Anonymousreply 109Last Friday at 9:21 AM

It's curious, i hate the guy but he is entertainning for sure.

He, not his novels. His novels are boring as hell and the writting is plain. I know his fans think he is a genius ignored because he is not a leftist and no, he is pretty bad. He had his days at the sun (from todays perspective is difficult to understand all the fuss with Less than Zero and American Psycho) and was very popular but that was ages ago.

Right now he is known for his beef on twitter and for being friends with Donna Tartt

by Anonymousreply 110Last Friday at 9:31 AM

R106 Huh? I came in here to recommend a thing I like. You shit all over it without having heard it. I point out what a bitter, nasty queen you are, and your strategy shifts to say I'm weird for posting about a thing I like.

Get help, R106.

by Anonymousreply 111Last Friday at 11:22 AM

He has got to know everyone is going to call it “The Sharts.”

by Anonymousreply 112Last Friday at 11:42 AM

[quote] I'm weird for posting about a thing I like.

Not weird, tiresome OP; tedious, repetitive, banal, clueless, vapid, a dullard and shill-istic.

This is DL, newb, not 4th Grade Show & Tell.

by Anonymousreply 113Last Friday at 3:32 PM
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