"The problem is that the culture has superseded Ellis"

“If Ellis-or anyone else-wants to write about the sordid world of money and fame, the real achievement would be uncovering what’s vital and sentient beneath the insipid numbness, or revealing a path toward it without false redemption or sentimentality. Ellis accepts the status quo, presumes there’s nothing but the narrow range of feeling it circumscribes, and in doing so, tacitly endorses it. His author photo may be a joke about narcissism, but facts are facts: The guy spent two days posing for his picture.”
-This is kind of a review of Bret Easton Ellis’ Imperial Bedrooms

, but there’s a bunch of other stuff going on as well.