According to Nick Cave, the two main influences for The Death of Bunny Munro, his second novel, are the Gospel According to St Mark and the Scum Manifesto by militant feminist Valerie Solanas, a woman perhaps more famous for shooting Andy Warhol. “The male,” wrote Solanas, founder of the Society for Cutting up Men, “is completely egocentric, trapped inside himself, incapable of empathising or identifying with others, or love, friendship, affection of tenderness… he is a half-dead, unresponsive lump, incapable of giving or receiving pleasure or happiness.”
This is backed up in an interview with Cave in the Independent:
Cave based Munro on a description of men by the radical feminist and would-be Warhol assassin, Valerie Solanas, author of the SCUM [Society for Cutting Up Men] Manifesto. “She wrote a very angry and very precise portrait of what she considered the male to be: something between a human and an ape; an unresponsive blob only concerned with physical sensation and without the capacity for empathy or self-knowledge or intimacy, and at the same time full of hatred and jealously and shame and guilt. Her description is beautiful and on some level, I think, entirely accurate.”
Now you know you have to read it…!