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Jay McInerney
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    (January 13, 1955- )
    Born in Hartford, Connecticut
    Birth name was John Barrett McInerney, Jr.
    Wrote the novels 'Bright Lights, Big City' (1984), 'The Story of My Life' (1988), 'Brightness Falls' (1992), 'The Last of the Savages' (1997), 'Model Behavior' (1998), 'How It Ended' (2001) and 'The Good Life' (2006)
    Wine columnist for 'Home & Garden' magazine
    He was part of the 80s literary 'brat pack' with Brett Easton Ellis and Tama Janowitz.
    He drank heavily and snorted cocaine in the 80s.
    He has been married four times and divorced three times.
    He eloped with his fourth wife, publishing heiress Anne Hearst.
    He name drops a lot in his wine column.
    He studied creative writing with Raymond Carver.
    Salon called 'Bright Lights, Big City' the 'hippest and funniest' novel of the early 80s.
    He was nominated for an Emmy and a WGA Award for the screenplay for the TV movie 'Gia.'
    He considers F. Scott Fitzgerald his literary hero, but admits, 'Particularly at my age, you wonder how much you want to emulate someone who died at 44.'

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