Caveney, Graham. "Psychodrama: Qu'est-ce que c'est? Jay McInerney and the Family Saga." In Shopping in Space: Essays on America's Blank Generation Fiction, edited by Elizabeth Young and Graham Caveney, pp. 43-74. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1992.
Examines the fictional presentation and psychological motivations of characters in Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Story of My Life, and Brightness Falls.
Girard, Stephanie. "'Standing at the Corner of Walk and Don't Walk': Vintage Contemporaries, Bright Lights, Big City, and the Problem of Betweenness." American Literature 68, No. 1 (March 1996): 161-85.
Explores the publishing history and sociocultural significance of Bright Lights, Big City as a reflection of its readers and target audience.
Kaiser, Charles. "A First Novelist on the Fast Track." The Wall Street Journal (2 November 1984): 26.
A favorable review of Bright Lights, Big City with brief comment on McInerney and the publication of his first book.
Pinckney, Darryl. "The New Romantics." The New York Review of Books (29 May 1986): 30-2.
An unfavorable review of Ransom.
Powers, John. "The MTV Novel Arrives." Film Comment 21 (November-December, 1985): 44-6.
A favorable review of Bright Lights, Big City.
Seligman, Craig. "Bright Lights, Big Deal." Mother Jones 10 (May 1985): 57-8.
An unfavorable review of Bright Lights, Big City.
Pinsker, Sanford. "Soft Lights, Academic Talk: A Conversation with Jay McInerney." The Literary Review 30, No. 1 (Fall 1986): 107-14.
McInerney discusses his literary influences and both the critical and popular reception of Bright Lights, Big City.