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Combining personal reflection and social observation, Bret Easton Ellis' first work of nonfiction is an incendiary polemic about this young century's failings, e-driven and otherwise, and at once an example, definition, and defense of what "freedom of speech" truly means.

Bret Easton Ellis has wrestled with the double-edged sword of fame and notoriety for more than 30 years now, since Less Than Zero catapulted him into the limelight in 1985, earning him devoted fans and, perhaps, even fiercer enemies. An enigmatic figure who has always gone against the grain and refused categorization, he captured the depravity of the '80s with one of contemporary literature's most polarizing characters, American Psycho's iconic, terrifying Patrick Bateman. In recent years, his candor and gallows humor on both Twitter and his podcast have continued his legacy as someone determined to speak the truth, however painful it might be, and whom people accordingly either love or love to hate. He encounters various positions and voices controversial opinions, more often than not fighting the status quo.

Now, in White, with the same originality displayed in his fiction, Ellis pours himself out onto the page and, in doing so, eviscerates the perceived good that the social media age has wrought, starting with the dangerous cult of likability. White is both a denunciation of censorship, particularly the self-inflicted sort committed in hopes of being "accepted", and a bracing view of a life devoted to authenticity.

Provocative, incisive, funny, and surprisingly poignant, White reveals not only what is visible on the glittering, pristine surface, but also the riotous truths that are hidden underneath.

©2019 Bret Easton Ellis (P)2019 Random House Audio

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  • Keith
  • 18/04/2019

A Fantastic Listen

It's very refreshing to here such opinionated takes on today's society by someone who isn't a comedian and is rather a person that is, by his nature, a thinker and an observer (It would've been very difficult to write his novels if he was neither of these things). This is a very fast listen and no one reads Bret Easton Ellis better than himself. As a huge fan of the podcast, I had been looking forward to this book for some time and it definitely didn't disappoint. I only wish that the book was twice the length. Hopefully Mr. Ellis does a followup sooner rather than later. I can't recommend this audiobook highly enough.

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  • David
  • 03/05/2019

Very prescient, maybe too prescient

so prescient that the Author will likely be attacked en masse by the very people who DIDN'T read the book .. . but SHOULD HAVE.

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  • Douglas R. Williams
  • 18/05/2019

What I’ve been feeling but couldn’t articulate...

A magnificent set of ruminations on the feckless, fascist excesses of PC culture, identity politics, and Trump Derangement Syndrome from a pop-culture commentator par excellence. Thinking lefties would do themselves inestimable service by choking down this jagged pill.

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  • Josh
  • 08/05/2019

Truth spoken and should be heard by all.

The first amendment is being attacked and it’s so obvious. Bret clearly shows what is taking place and will probably be hung out and crucified for it. Sad days we live in

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  • Stan
  • 04/05/2019

Phenomenal book

I can’t believe someone hasn’t already written this. Everything in this book has needed to be said for a while. I didn’t expect it from Bret Easton Ellis but he did a great job. Everything about this book is solid.

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  • M McGowan
  • 03/05/2019

Haters will hate, but...

Very incisive insights into the state of our nation. I appreciated his perspectives on current issues

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  • THE BOSS 0799
  • 27/04/2019

Bravo. Well done. Articulate. Sensible.

The line where he says "My wounds are so tasty. Aren't they delicious? " Had me looking at friends in a new perpetual ambiance of their arms being held outwards asking to be licked.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21/04/2019

Leftist Homo-libertarian solipsism

autobiographical account of author, which sounds to be pieced together from diary entries and formed into a narrative that follows the author's liberal childhood of horror films and lust for Richard Gere to author of nihilist gay roman a clef to crappy movie adaptations sprinkled with vignettes about meeting famous stars. along the way ellis fails to see that the increased political sensitivity/psychosis around him is due not to the corporatist enforced politeness and desire for likeability (e.g. as exemplified by a society of tiny, less intelligent less attractive Patrick Batemans) as he seems to believe, but due to high levels of enforced, absimilable quantities of non-white immigration into an already multinational state that no longer holds any of it's founding myths or materials sacred or even good. the author is smart and entertaining but not especially insightful except maybe to those coastal "millennial partners" et al. who will never read it. perhaps that's who he hopes most to impact.

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  • Mike Ward
  • 17/06/2019

A must read for any Democrat or Repulican.

The book opened my mind. As a Gen X Democratic, I learned a lot about myself and how I was proceeding politics and other views and opinions.

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  • Edward
  • 14/06/2019

Food for thought for us liberals

Liberals like me can take offense at Ellis’s observations of our reaction to the Trump era, or we can use it to catalyze some productive self-assessment. I will take his critique positively, but not everyone will. YMMV