Tom Shone

Yukky Yuppie Porn

American Psycho

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Bret Easton Ellis and his mates Tama Janowitz, Jay McInerney – the so-called literary ‘bratpack’ – established themselves in the Eighties by writing about smug yuppie trash at a time when everyone wanted to hear about smug yuppie trash. But yuppies, as everybody knows, have disappeared (or at least articles about them have, which is the same thing) so Bret has had to find a completely new topic. And so he has locked himself away for a few years, racked his brains, and come up with: the Psycho-Yuppie. You can see his publisher patting him on the head: not a great leap, admittedly, but… well done, Bret.

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