April 9, 2009 § 7 Comments
(blue candles in a green glass bowl)
Show me a Pisces who doesn’t like the colors green and blue and I’ll show you a fake fish.
Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerny. The ’80s, NYC, with the main character working at a magazine as a fact checker. He hopes to write for the mag; for now, the job is OK. His wife has left him. In the evenings, he parties, big time. It sounds awful. Somehow, it’s not.
The book is told in the second person, using “you”, a rather neat trick and it works. McInerney kicked off his career with this novel. Michael J Fox played the movie’s lead and the story was picked up for a B’way production as well. I digress. OK, the story is sad, fast, true, disturbing, tres urban, good. It’s an impotant book, though, for the eclectic reader. Just remember, though, it’s the ’80s, not “the now.” I adore Jay and have read everything he’s written since.