Literary Doucebag-Fools Pantheon

When Brett Easton Ellis began reading D.T. Max's Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, he got the howling fantods. He took to his Twitter, calling DFW "the most tedious, overrated, tortured, pretentious writer of my generation" and "so needy, so conservative, so in need of fans." He labeled him "insufferable" and wrote that DFW "carried around a literary pretentiousness that made me embarrassed to have any kind of ties to the publishing scene." He also said that "anyone who finds David Foster Wallace a literary genius has got to be included in the Literary Doucebag-Fools Pantheon." The only response to such an outburst is to back out of the room quietly, but not before screaming at the kid playing with his own penis, "What kind of douchebag spells 'douchebag' 'doucebag'?" Anyway, since DFW is not around to feed the troll, perhaps some members of the Literary Doucebag-Fools Pantheon will work up the courage to ask DFW's representative-of-the-hour -- D.T. Max, who's appearing tonight with his excellent biography -- if he has any insights as to what makes a fading writer attack one whose star has never stopped rising, if not the howling fantods? Also, that Less Than Zero sequel cost us $25, douchebag.
Thu., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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