Our critics discuss Bret Easton Ellis's Imperial Bedrooms.

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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.

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Michael Agger is an editor at The New Yorker. Follow him on Twitter.

Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column.