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July 19 2010 11:33 AM

The Audio Book Club on Imperial Bedrooms

Our critics discuss Bret Easton Ellis's new novel.

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This month, Michael Agger, Stephen Metcalf, and Troy Patterson discuss—or, rather, rip apart—Bret Easton Ellis's Imperial Bedrooms, which follows the main characters from Less Than Zero 25 years on. Patterson thinks Knopf has a lot of knerve to call such a short book with such a thin story a novel. Metcalf and Agger agree. Imperial Bedrooms may start strong, evoking a sinister and electric Los Angeles, but it goes nowhere. The critics do think, however, that Less Than Zero had more to offer.

Slate's Audio Book Club comes to you on the third Monday of every month. Our August pick is Tom Rachman's The Imperfections. Look for our discussion on iTunes or on the Slatehome page on Monday, Aug. 16. Also, like the Audio Book Club on Facebook.

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