January 3, 2009

SAVED BY A BREAD ROLL:

Interview with Jay McInerney: Jasper Rees finds Jay McInerney, a literary star in the Eighties, enjoying the good life (Jasper Rees, 30 Dec 2008, Daily Telegraph)

Bright Lights, Big City turns 25 this year. You remember it fondly. You started reading and realised that the whole book, a Reagan-era hymn to a resurgent Manhattan powered by cocaine, was written in the second person. You also saw the movie version, with Michael J Fox wildly miscast as a partying New Yorker fact-checker, and recall that it was a total stiff.

“I hadn’t thought about it,” says Jay McInerney. “I recently re-read it. It’s sort of like reading a book by somebody else. I thought, 'Wow, that’s pretty damn good. Where did I come up with that?’ Sometimes it seems an albatross, because it remains not necessarily my best but definitely my most successful book.


The first had the best source material.

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