Less Than Zero
“I come to a red light, tempted to go through it, then stop once I see a billboard sign that I don’t remember seeing and I look up at it. All it says is 'Disappear Here' and even though it’s probably an ad for some resort, it still freaks me out a little and I step on the gas really hard and the car screeches as I leave the light.”
"Less than zero" is one of my favorite 80's movies. You can understand how delighted I was when Picador Books sent me a copy of the book (and the whole bibliography of Bret Easton Ellis to be exact) a few weeks ago! Yet another sartorially decadent portrayal of the 80's filthy rich and arrogant kids, living in Los Angeles this time. The main character, Clay, gets back to LA for Christmas and reunites with his former classmates and friends. California girls and boys high on coke and expensive champagne, bed hopping, night clubbing, house partying and pool lounging is all in a day's "work" for Clay and his friends. It seems like the perfect laid-back Christmas break until Clay gets gradually alienated from his cohorts. Everything seems pointless. No drive, no ambition, no feeling, no nothing.
When he tracks down his best friend Julian he finds out he's now a heroin addict and a male gigolo for older men. His attempt at rekindling his relationship with former flame, Blair, goes sour and he begins questioning his entourage's antics when they get a hard on by watching snuff films and drug a teenage girl for a gang bang. What does he do? Well... read the book!
Have a lovely day!