A reliable source

I’ve discovered the high point of my stunted academic career: I have become a Wikipedia footnote. And, until I get to be as famous as one of Paperhouse’s guest posters, that will have to do. The best part is that, if you look at the discussion page, it seems as though my article on Bret Easton Ellis and his not-very-good horror novel has been included as a result of an etiquette-smashing argument between contributors about whether satire can co-exist with unreliable narrators:

let’s just stop this squabble while we still have some dignity.

I’ll add a reference for American Psycho and we’ll leave it at that.

Helping to maintain the dignity of Wikipedia. It’s very nearly as exalted as getting a doctorate.

© Sarah Ditum, 2010

7 thoughts on “A reliable source

  1. Yes, but the article has numerous issues! ;)

    Something tells me, reading your Oxonian Review article, that you’re not a particular fan of Ellis in the first place. Did you want more of an apology or more clarification on the part of Ellis for Bateman’s mental state?

    I wondered if Lunar Park was an element of higher autobiography in the cast of Kingsley and Martin Amis – that if, like Money or The Old Devils, we were unreliable because we’re human. That we’re bound to deny or accept qualities in ourselves or our work that we either detest or respect.

  2. My favourite Ellis novel is The Rules of Attraction so my opinion probably can’t be trusted. I read Watt by Samuel Beckett recently & that reminded me of Ellis in an odd way.

  3. I haven’t read The Rules Of Attraction – I tried to, but my copy was misbound and everything happened in the wrong order. Even then I persevered for a bit like a good little literature undergraduate in the hope it was all an exciting pomo conceit.

    If it had been, it would have been better than all that “Jayster” bullshit in LP.

  4. That’s an enormous relief…

    …haven’t read Lunar Park, unfortunately, but I think I should. However, it’s retailing at $45, so that won’t happen any time soon. A one-time supervisor liked it enough to comment on it in a random email once.

  5. Well done you! I haven’t got anything anywhere near as important as a Wikipedia citation. (And now you need to stop thinking that I’m kidding. I mean it!)

  6. My all-time favourite Wikipedia discussion quotation, which I regretfully cannot now find, was something like “look, I’d like to contribute more to this debate, but I’m neck deep over at Buddhism right now”. And if that were all Wikipedia had done for me, it would still be enough.

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