David Shields, Bret Easton Ellis, and the Most Awkward Author Interview in History

On March 28, 2019, Norwegian filmmaker Kristoffer Borgli attempted to interview David Shields at a NORMS Restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif. Later he attempted to interview Shields by a hedge and at a bookshop. Later he attempted to interview Shields and Bret Easton Ellis at the latter’s nearby apartment. Luckily, Borgli’s cameras were rolling, and The Millions is proud to present its readers with what is likely the most awkward author interview in the history of American letters.

Kristoffer Borgli is a remarkable nobody, who is, like many these days, trying to find his footing in mediums in which he might not belong. Bret Easton Ellis is the bestselling author of Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, and most recently White. David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of 22 books, including Reality Hunger and The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead.


  1. This is clearly a performance piece by the filmmaker, an attempt at cringe humor, so why are you trying to pass it off as if it is anything other than what it clearly is? It’s only awkward because the filmmaker has intentionally made it so. Why promote something this juvenile?

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