Norm Macdonald eviscerates Bret Easton Ellis in epic Twitter rant

A while after the Swedish Academy was finally able to inform Canadian short story maestro Alice Munro that she had won this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, leading literary troll and American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis just had to make his true feelings known on Twitter.

His pissy attitude earned him the usual burns—he’s the overrated one, hasn’t written much in the way of decent prose himself—but Munro also had a social media heavyweight in her corner: countryman and comedian Norm Macdonald, who had previously called her the “greatest writer alive.” Ellis’ blithe tweets sent him on what can only be described as a prolonged rampage.

Plenty of others on Twitter joined in praising Munro, maligning recent Ellis-penned flop The Canyons, and even lauding Macdonald’s 1998 film Dirty Work. Macdonald’s anger must have been pretty intense, because he seemed exhausted by the time the flow of insults had subsided.

Ellis has yet to respond directly to Macdonald’s criticisms, but he did have this to say about the initial outpouring of rage that greeted his assessment of the current state of fiction:

Hey, as long as someone’s selling books, right?

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Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'