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Bret Easton Ellis Addresses David Foster Wallace Comments

Novelist and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis hosted an Ask Me Anything interview on Reddit today, fielding questions about an American Psycho musical adaptation and talking about his work.

One reader asked Ellis why he bashed the work of David Foster Wallace, calling the late novelist “the most tedious, overrated, tortured, pretentious writer of my generation” on Twitter. Ellis had a longer explanation behind his controversial tweet.

There wasn’t a feud. David and I had never met. But I never responded to his work. Simple as that. I was reading the new bio and it was pissing me off–the kid gloves approach. And that I thought he had a literary fraudulence about him that manifested itself in his fiction. You could say the same about me. I was not surprised by the backlash to those tweets. There are a lot of little snowflakes who somehow really respond to this faux-earnestness of DFW that I just don’t think is realistic.

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