Bright Lights, Big City

I’m embarrassed to say, I’ve never read this book before. Outside of the Michael J. Fox film, I didn’t even know it was a book. Movie branding can over shadow the original work. If you type the title into any search engine, you have to scroll half way down the page to find any mention of Jay McInerney. And then, Brian Koppelman came to the rescue. In one of his podcasts, he claimed it as a literary triumph so I gave it a go.

I knew little of the story or plot. I’ve never seen the film (Rotten Tomatoes scared me away). After a few pages, I realized that this book is written in the second person. You are the main character, set in 1980s New York. You work for a magazine. You sniff cocaine. You party too much. You are trying to survive your friends. The city encroaches.

Books written in the second person are rare. It’s so hard to pull off. I tried to come up with another work top of mind and none rolled off the tongue. Yes, the machines can do it (Google and Bing to the rescue), but that’s not the point. Worth reading.