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Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

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The story's narrator is a writer who works as a fact checker for a high-brow magazine — likely based on Harpers or The New Yorker, where McInerney himself once worked as a fact checker—for which he had once hoped to write. By night, he is a cocaine using party-goer seeking to lose himself in the hedonism of the 1980s yuppie party scene, often going to a nightclub called Heartbreak.