WATCH THE PUPPET MASTERS NOT THE PUPPETS
WHAT was the Bret Easton Ellis interview with Isaac Chotiner in The New Yorker magazine really about?
The intent was to expose Bret Easton Ellis to the world. He’d inadvertently taken the wrong political tack– had said that people overreacted to Donald Trump. (True– and likely the intent of Trump himself.) Which meant Bret Easton Ellis had to be taken down. Destroyed. Humiliated. Publicly.
FOR MOST of his career Bret Easton Ellis was one of the established literary system’s Golden Boys. The same system-lit people or same kind of system-lit people– the herd– now piling on Ellis, celebrating his takedown, once were celebrating him.
What can artificially be propped up can also quickly be taken down. Manhattan media created Bret Easton Ellis. But then the political winds shifted. Lit-darling Bret stepped over the line. Call in an attack dog. Assigned mission: embarrass Bret Easton Ellis. Which happened.
Watch the literary/political weather vane. Which way is the wind blowing?
Are we at war with Eurasia or Eastasia today?
-Karl Wenclas, New Pop Lit NEWS