Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I've been dragging an old copy of The Essential Ellison around with me for the last month or so. At well over a thousand pages that's a lot of Harlan Ellison. It's a remarkable book. A portrait of the artist, made up of his writing. I think I understand him a little better now. Fascinating character. Hell of a writer too.

For what it's worth, my favorite Harlan Ellison story is “'Repent Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman.” It takes a lot of courage to be the Harlequin, shouting defiance at power that would grind us down and rob us of that which makes us unique. That's how I see Harlan, throwing jellybeans at the world.

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