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John Barrett McInerney Jr. (born in 1955 in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American writer. He was one of the Brat Pack authors.
His works include Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, and The Last of the Savages. He edited The Penguin Book of New American Voices and wrote the screenplay for the 1988 film adaptation of Bright Lights, Big City. He wrote the screenplay for "Gia", which starred Angelina Jolie. He released a new novel in January 2006 titled The Good Life. He also is the wine columnist for House & Garden magazine.
McInerney’s career began with the zeitgeist, Bright Lights, Big City the title of which his second wife, Merry (Reymond) McInerney, thought up when she was a grad student at Syracuse University (it is also the title of a famous blues song by Jimmy Reed). Published in 1984, it was unique at that time for its depiction of cocaine culture in second-person narrative. Bright Lights, Big City established his reputation as part of a new generation of writers, labelled the ‘literary brat pack' by the media.
After the successful publication of Bright Lights, Big City, publishers started looking for similar works about young people in urban settings. Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero published at the time was initially promoted as following McInerney’s example, further helping the press to seal the image of the new ‘Brat Pack' writers. Throughout his career McInerney has struggled against the strong, almost indelible, image of himself as both the author and protagonist of Bright Lights, Big City.
On 28 November 2006, McInerney eloped with his fiancée, publishing heiress Anne Hearst. He has twins (Maisie and John Barrett McInerney 3rd, born in 1995 to a surrogate mother) with his former third wife, jewelry designer Helen Bransford. His first wife was Linda Rossiter, a half-Japanese fashion model, and for four years he lived with fashion model Marla Hanson
There's always been a personal element to my critical reception as a writer; people say that I'm too much of a public figure, too successful. My relationship with the press is an odd hall of mirrors ().
Bret Easton Ellis used McInerney's character, Alison Poole (Story Of My Life), in his novel Glamorama; Victor Ward (a character from Ellis' novel The Rules of Attraction) is having an affair with Alison in the first part of the book set in NYC. She was also unfortunate enough to have spent a painful evening with Patrick Bateman in American Psycho -- when they run into each other in a restaurant in New York, Bateman reflects that during his torture she never cried, and that's the only reason he hadn't killed her .
Jay McInerney studied writing with Raymond Carver, and worked as a fact-checker at The New Yorker, much like his unnamed protagonist in Bright Lights, Big City.
Jay McInerney himself has a cameo role in Bret Easton Ellis' Lunar Park, attending the Halloween party Bret hosts at his house.
He was mentioned as an icon for the 1980s on the erudite television comedy Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the episode
Director Wes Anderson has stated that his character of Eli Cash in the film The Royal Tenenbaums is loosly based on McInerney.
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