Less than Zero , Ellis's debut, is 25 years old this year; and give or take a few references to Betamax and the occasional tendency for gnomic stupidity, has worn its years incredibly well.
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It's no wonder, I think, that it's influencing a new generation of writers. The simplicity of the prose, the precision of his imagery, and the atmosphere of menace and cultural oblivion are invigorating even at this remove. The scene where Clay leaves a party at which they're showing a snuff movie is a masterful evocation of true horror; the erection visible in the pants of his friend as they walk to the car an image it is hard ever to shake.
When I came to work in a bookshop in the late 90s, the only book of his I'd read was The Informers. I was underwhelmed: its dull prose, rich-kid ennui and thin bloodless characters didn't point towards a writer I was ever going to admire. Yet in the bookshop, his third novel, American Psycho , remained a constant top seller almost a decade after its publication. Most of these copies, in my experience, were sold to young white men who would often ask for it as though it were hardcore pornography — something of which it was accused on its American publication.
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If you've read American Psycho, you probably have a very strong opinion either way. If there's a more divisive novel out there, I've yet to read it.
Even love-it-or-loathe it classics such as Amis's Money, Lawrence's Sons and Lovers or Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles don't come close to engendering the levels of admiration or utter revulsion reserved for American Psycho. Personally I think it's one of the key novels of the last century, though I've spent hours arguing with people who believe it's nothing more than cheap exploitation, misogynistic violence and some pointless — if funny — asides about rubbish music.
Whichever side you stand on, though, it's impossible to ignore the book's huge cultural impact. So long is its shadow, in fact, that it's often hard to weigh up Ellis's literary importance. After that, Glamorama , was a long, tedious indulgence that I struggled to finish. I seem to recall someone on The Late Review — Germaine Greer possibly — summing it up with the words "boredom is not a literary device", which was a perfect description of the experience. The shallowness of Glamorama, coupled with the narrow social groups he describes and belongs to, mean that it's easy to ignore Ellis — and by extension the writers influenced by him — as sensationalists grubbing around in the problems of the idle rich.
But this is to deprive yourself of one of the most telling and striking chroniclers of the void beneath our consumerist society. It's no wonder that he's become such an important voice for another generation of writers. Topics Bret Easton Ellis Books blog. Some people with confusional arousals also grind their teeth.
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These incidents may last a few minutes up to several hours. People with confusional arousals tend to have no memory of these episodes. Confusional arousals are considered a parasomnia. This class of sleep disorder involves unwanted events or experiences that occur while you are falling asleep, sleeping or waking up. Confusional arousals tend to occur as you wake from slow-wave sleep.
This sleep stage is most common in the first third of the night. In some cases, these episodes may occur later in the night or during a daytime nap. In some rare cases, adults may act very inappropriately or even hostile and aggressive. This behavior can put a huge strain on relationships. These extreme episodes are uncommon for most people who have confusional arousals. One variation of confusional arousals is called severe morning sleep inertia.
It can affect teens and adults. The difference is that severe morning sleep inertia occurs in the morning when you are waking up. Severe morning sleep inertia tends to happen every morning, and it can last for years. People with morning sleep inertia may miss time and perform poorly at school or at work.
It also can be a source of conflict at home. In rare cases it can cause injuries and drowsy driving accidents. Episodes of confusional arousals in children may seem bizarre and frightening to parents. Children may become more agitated when you try to comfort them. Most episodes last from five to fifteen minutes.
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But they may last as long as thirty to forty minutes in some youth. Overall, confusional arousals are fairly harmless in children. Arousals are less common after the age of five years. Children who have confusional arousals often will sleepwalk when they are teens. Find a Sleep Center.
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