Bret Easton Ellis knows not everyone is going to like his latest book. He also doesn’t care.
As the much-anticipated release of Ellis’s first book in nine years, White, approaches, The New York Times profiled the writer’s three-decade career, from his precocious rise to fame and notoriety in the ’80s and ’90s to his more recent stint stirring up controversy on Twitter in the first half of the 2010s.
According to The Times, both eras of Ellis have passed.
“I don’t really go to parties anymore,” the 55-year-old former staple of the New York social scene told the newspaper. “I think I’ve outgrown it.”
The author has also reportedly outgrown the “youthful fatalism about current events” that put him at the center of various Twitter debates in recent years; an apathy that has apparently manifested in White‘s “blasé” tone.
“I’m in a good place in terms of truly not caring,” said Ellis in the interview. As the Times noted, the author who once thrived on controversy “really wishes everyone would just calm down” these days.
Ellis expressed the same carefree attitude toward his upcoming book, advising readers against over-analysis.
“Enjoy it! Be interested in the world, delve into it,” he told the Times. “But let’s not turn everything I write into a public service announcement.”
White, will be published April 16.
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