"Michel Houellebecq's new novel The Map and the Territory opens with an artist at work on a painting called 'Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst Dividing Up the Art Market.'"

Yeah -- and as far as I'm concerned it just gets better after that. Corporate sponsorship of life itself, the marketization of everything, modern loneliness, exotic insects, twenty-first century OCD crime, endless meditations on the nature of Frenchness, predictions about our future economic despair, and the character of Michel Houellebecq himself: it's all in there.

I love that The Guardian chose to illustrate this book review with a picture of Damien Hirst. That is hilarious, you guys.
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