Saturday, January 02, 2010

1/52: Less Than Zero

Off and running, year two of the 52 books in 52 weeks resolution!

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, 3/5 Stars

"Less Than Zero" is a manifesto of what's wrong, and though it was written more than twenty years ago, you can see the similarities in today's youth: the vices, the hypocrisy, the fashion (or lack thereof), the aimlessness, purposelessness, and no hint of contribution or care. They lose themselves in the importance of unimportant things, like a medication that's intended to mute the heart. Because they are swimming in it, they can't see the way out of it, so they keep treading water, looking at each other, wondering which one is going down next or which one is going to lead them to shore, but none go... anywhere... ever. "I want to see the bottom," Clay thought. If our parents had no parenting, there is no reason to expect that we'll know how to parent... and so, kids lost in the wealth of a 20th Century LA were only a precursor to a lost generation.


Book #01 = Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, 3/5 Stars

See last year's list of 53 books...