Bret Easton Ellis did an interview with AskMen.com about his new novel Imperial Bedrooms. One of his answers to an interview question reflected an odd self-consciousness that must just come with being, well, Bret Easton Ellis. To be fair, the interviewer, not the author came up with the phrase:
AskMen: Do you ever find yourself having “Bret Easton Ellis moments”? Where an event or time in your life feels like something out of your own stories?
BEE: Yeah, in a way. I just got back from a UK tour about a week ago, and there was a “Bret Easton Ellis night.” The tours are really packed with signing, so it was surprising. There was really no time for a Bret Easton Ellis moment; it was all work mode. But one night there was a book party and I had to go to this party; my publisher sent over this suit that I had to wear — it was a really nice suit — because there were going to be lots of photographers there. Plus, I was staying in the nicest hotel in London, and it was already feeling very Bret Easton Ellis already. Then we went to this private club, where there was a private party. There were all these people there, and drugs started appearing. People were doing drugs, and everyone was wearing nice suits, and it was in a really posh place in London. We then took the party back to my hotel room, where people started to act a bit depraved. And people started to have sex on my couch in front of me, and there were blow lines out in places. At six in the morning I just threw them all out because I finally needed to go to sleep. So, yes, I do have Bret Easton Ellis moments once in a while.
The preceding does indeed read like a breakdown of the next Bret Easton Ellis novel. Or portions of novels he’s already written. It’s just missing Elvis Costello.