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Ellis, Bret Easton (b. 1964)  
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Ellis's lover, sculptor Michael Wade Kaplan (who appears as Mike Graves in Lunar Park), died in January 2004 of heart failure after a night Ellis describes as a "blow-out" to celebrate Kaplan's thirtieth birthday. Ellis recently told The New York Times that he believes that Kaplan's death has contributed "a new layer of wistfulness and melancholy" to his writing, as manifested in Lunar Park.

This layer of melancholy represents a new development in Ellis's style and approach. It may help to attract readers who have been reluctant to embrace him because of his alleged lack of political correctness.

[Ellis's lack of political correctness came to the fore in 2011 and 2012 in a series of publicity-seeking tweets and statements that revealed an ugliness to his character, as well as a degree of self-loathing and homophobia.

In April 2011, Ellis said that watching popular actor Chris Colfer on Glee made him feel "like I had suddenly come down with the hivs."

In March 2012, Ellis described the trial of Dharun Ravi as "a witch hunt." Ravi was being prosecuted for his role in the September 2010 suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi.

In August 2012, Ellis tweeted that gay actor Matt Bomer, because he is out, was wrong for the part of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of the novel 50 Shades of Grey.

In September 2012, Ellis came to the defense of hotel heiress Paris Hilton who was overheard saying that gay men who use grindr are "disgusting" and "probably have AIDS." Although Hilton promptly apologized, Ellis tweeted, "As someone who has used Grindr? Paris Hilton isn't that far off."]

Steven Cordova

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Murphet, Julian. American Psycho: A Reader's Guide. New York: Continuum, 2002.

Shulman, Randy. "The Attractions of Bret Easton Ellis." Metroweekly (October 10, 2002):

Wyatt, Edward. "The Man in the Mirror." New York Times (August 7, 2006): 25.


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    Author: Cordova, Steven  
    Entry Title: Ellis, Bret Easton  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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