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Bret Easton Ellis slams David Foster Wallace on Twitter

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(Read caption) Anyone familiar with Ellis knows he’s no stranger to the shock-and-awe method of courting controversy, as when he claimed that women are unable to direct movies and a gay actor should not star in 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'

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Think David Foster Wallace is untouchable?

Think again. “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis tore into the late author of the critically acclaimed “Infinite Jest” and “The Pale King” on Twitter last week, and in true Ellis fashion, he didn’t hold back.

“Reading D.T. Max’s bio I continue to find David Foster Wallace the most tedious, overrated, tortured, pretentious writer of my generation,” Ellis tweeted. “David Foster Wallace was so needy, so conservative, so in need of fans – that I find the halo of sentimentality surrounding him embarrassing.” In several more tweets, he continued, “DFW is the best example of a contemporary male writer lusting for a kind of awful greatness that he simply wasn’t able to achieve. A fraud.”

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