American Psycho Referencing Bonfire of the Vanities Hi, I am currently halfway through reading American Psycho. I was just wondering did Bret Easton Ellis make a reference to Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe in the Pastels chapter. When Bateman and his friends are talking about someone they mention that the person "knew Mc Coy." I was wondering if this was a reference to Sherman Mc Coy from Bonfire of the Vanities, who worked in the same company (Pierce & Pierce) as Bateman. Just thought it would be pretty cool and interesting if it was. Can't seem to find an answer anywhere online. Anyone who knows or has an opinion, I would love to hear it......

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I think that it could be an allusion , considering that both will appeal to a similar audience. It could also be a coincidence. It's a fairly common name. You could say that if you look at it that way, you are in on the inside joke, which is basically...

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I think that it could be an allusion, considering that both will appeal to a similar audience. It could also be a coincidence. It's a fairly common name. You could say that if you look at it that way, you are in on the inside joke, which is basically what an allusion is.
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After reading your posting, I am setting American Psycho as an immediate reread for myself. It has been a while since I read the novel, but I am always curious about ties to other works. I, too, am interested if any others no the answer.

What I can say is that Bret comes off very highly educated and loves all types of art. It would not surprise me if the reference to Bonfire of the Vanities existed in the way that you suggest.

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