White

Narrated by: Bret Easton Ellis
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (809 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Own it, snowflakes: you've lost everything you claim to hold dear. 

White is Bret Easton Ellis's first work of nonfiction. Already the bad boy of American literature, from Less Than Zero to American Psycho, Ellis has also earned the wrath of right-thinking people everywhere with his provocations on social media, and here he escalates his admonishment of received truths as expressed by today's version of "the left." Eschewing convention, he embraces views that will make many in literary and media communities cringe, as he takes aim at the relentless anti-Trump fixation, coastal elites, corporate censorship, Hollywood, identity politics, Generation Wuss, "woke" cultural watchdogs, the obfuscation of ideals once both cherished and clear, and the fugue state of American democracy. In a young century marked by hysterical correctness and obsessive fervency on both sides of an aisle that's taken on the scale of the Grand Canyon, White is a clarion call for freedom of speech and artistic freedom. 

"The central tension in Ellis's art - or his life, for that matter - is that while [his] aesthetic is the cool reserve of his native California, detachment over ideology, he can't stop generating heat.... He's hard-wired to break furniture." (Karen Heller, The Washington Post

"Sweating with rage...humming with paranoia." (Anna Leszkiewicz, The Guardian

"Snowflakes on both coasts in withdrawal from Rachel Maddow's nightly Kremlinology lesson can purchase a whole book to inspire paroxysms of rage...a veritable thirst trap for the easily microaggressed. It's all here. Rants about Trump derangement syndrome; MSNBC; #MeToo; safe spaces." (Bari Weiss, The New York Times)

©2019 Bret Easton Ellis (P)2019 Random House Audio

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A Fantastic Listen

It's very refreshing to here such opinionated takes on today's society by someone who isn't a comedian and is rather a person that is, by his nature, a thinker and an observer (It would've been very difficult to write his novels if he was neither of these things). This is a very fast listen and no one reads Bret Easton Ellis better than himself. As a huge fan of the podcast, I had been looking forward to this book for some time and it definitely didn't disappoint. I only wish that the book was twice the length. Hopefully Mr. Ellis does a followup sooner rather than later. I can't recommend this audiobook highly enough.

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Food for thought for us liberals

Liberals like me can take offense at Ellis’s observations of our reaction to the Trump era, or we can use it to catalyze some productive self-assessment. I will take his critique positively, but not everyone will. YMMV

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Is This Avant Avant Guard Or A Terminal Crime?

Is this a coming of age tale? Hmmm.... It was once written that hell is an infinite number of facts with no pattern. How to escape? Connect the dots. Ellis'syouthful dots came disconnected so he's found a different vector - perhaps more elegant than the old one? He's preoccupied with growing up and adulthood. Maybe Ellis has discovered the truth in L.P. Hartley's conclusion that, "The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there." And Ellis realizes that he, and the people who grew up there lack a valid passport to ever returning but still have the baggage they brought along where now everyone has declared war on that other country. Merely having the baggage questions their very patriotism. No... possessing the baggage is proof of treason. And worse yet, there's no due process here. If you ever did... or thought... regressive stuff... the sentence is at least professionally terminal and in some cases the threats are becoming more personal. He's become a sojourner on the wrong side of the civil war lines. Or maybe he's a cultural war correspondent? Yeah, that's it and his filings are fascinating. No longer startled that people in this time have shunned him, but is increasingly aware that many past friends seem ready to physically harm him: For what he thinks... and even dreams. He's baffled and frightened that denizens of here consider that opinions are both facts and crimes. His old cultural buddies have morphed to the degree that they now mistake thought and opinions for actual crimes. And he's surrounded by people exhibiting every symptom of sentimental derangement. He concludes that an engine of the derangement is found in identity politics which are the toxic dead-end of civilization in their creation of savage tribal separation. And his solution to the threat? Um, well before he gets to that – the book ends abruptly. I guess that's a tad understandable since in a lot of ways this book is a work of art... and its the job of artists to ask questions but answers have always been way above their pay grade.

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Phenomenal book

I can’t believe someone hasn’t already written this. Everything in this book has needed to be said for a while. I didn’t expect it from Bret Easton Ellis but he did a great job. Everything about this book is solid.

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Haters will hate, but...

Very incisive insights into the state of our nation. I appreciated his perspectives on current issues

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Very prescient, maybe too prescient

so prescient that the Author will likely be attacked en masse by the very people who DIDN'T read the book .. . but SHOULD HAVE.

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What I’ve been feeling but couldn’t articulate...

A magnificent set of ruminations on the feckless, fascist excesses of PC culture, identity politics, and Trump Derangement Syndrome from a pop-culture commentator par excellence. Thinking lefties would do themselves inestimable service by choking down this jagged pill.

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Truth spoken and should be heard by all.

The first amendment is being attacked and it’s so obvious. Bret clearly shows what is taking place and will probably be hung out and crucified for it. Sad days we live in

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Bravo. Well done. Articulate. Sensible.

The line where he says "My wounds are so tasty. Aren't they delicious? " Had me looking at friends in a new perpetual ambiance of their arms being held outwards asking to be licked.

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Could have been a piece for Medium

Ugh. This was a bit disappointing. I’ve enjoyed his other books and looked forward to the release of White. While I definitely enjoyed parts of it, a lot sounded like an angry white dude rant. It felt more like an op ed on Medium rather than a 6 hour audible. I lost interest towards the end. Funny enough, I agree with most of what he said, just too long and drawn out for a full book.

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