Jay McInerney in a New York state of mind

Novelist made his name as a youthful iconoclast, but three decades on he’s enjoying a gilded life as the elder statesman of Manhattan’s literati

18th September, 2016
Novelist Jay McInerney Pic: Brendan Duffy

‘I don’t stay up all night any more. I don’t go to nightclubs. I tried to keep up, as recently as a few years ago. But I don’t try any more.”

Over a beverage in Dublin’s Brooks Hotel, the American novelist Jay McInerney is attempting to convince me that he’s a changed man; that he’s no longer like the coke-snorting, hedonism-loving, high life-living characters he portrayed in...

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