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In this episode we ‘dissect’ American Psycho, a divisive novel from one of America’s most transgressive authors - Brett Easton Ellis. Set in the era of 80’s excess, Psycho follows Patrick Bateman - a young high-powered business man who also happens to be a deranged serial murderer. This novel ignores plot and narrative structure in favor of aesthetics and social commentary. But does it rise above its own desire to shock and deliver something worthwhile? The answer will depend on your capacity for abyss staring.
0:00 - Intro
2:20 - Plot
3:15 - Who is Patrick Bateman
4:30 - Why it’s banned
6:50 - The importance of Phil Collins/music in the novel
9:50 - American Consumerism
11:25 - Why this is a great satire
14:05 - What is this book trying to warn us about?
21:08 - Did the book earn its violence?
31:15 - Mid roll
31:30 - Did the murders actually happen?
34:40 - Jean & Evelyn
36:55 - is the novel misogynistic?
38:52 - Cynicism/Nihilism in the novel
44:00 - Idolizing Psychos
46:36 - Final thoughts
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