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Perhaps the most dangerous effect of the Big Crunch mentality has been to make television creators think of themselves as auteurs, to convince them that in spite of the massive interference with their work, they can somehow create a work of aesthetic integrity and sociological insight even if they don’t know where it’s going. Well, sometimes you get lucky, but more often, the result is disaster, and the effort spent toward that failure is redirected from where it would be better put: creating great trash. An essay on the challenges and pitfalls of writing serialized TV plots
from The American Reader. [more inside]
posted by chavenet
on Jun 23, 2013 -
OMNI was launched (PDF) by Kathy Keeton, long-time companion and later wife of Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione, who described the magazine in its first issue as "an original if not controversial mixture of science fact, fiction, fantasy and the paranormal". [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Oct 20, 2010 -
Is it possible to have too many books? Legendary Sci-Fi Author and Crankypants Harlan Ellison thinks so (or maybe his wife) so it's time for the Third Harlan Ellison Book Purge Sale!
289 items of varying levels of collectability, ranging in price from US$4 to US$1200. The eBay-averse Ellisons are only accepting mail orders (mailing deadline already past, sorry) or phone orders via a dedicated phone number at specified times, starting July 6th (today for most of you) at 9:00AM Pacific Time, your timezone will vary. All the offerings and instructions are in this pdf
(also in semi-readable webpage form here
). Mrs. Ellison is standing by!
posted by oneswellfoop
on Jul 5, 2010 -
"The world is turning into a cesspool of imbeciles!"
"I don't want your input! You wanna input something, write your own goddamn story, moron!"
"There's no amount of money in the world that could get me to do a commercial for McDonald's toadburgers."
Choice quotes from a hilarious, scathing interview with Harlan Ellison. (From the "AV Club," one of the few non-parody/baloney sections of the Onion.)
posted by Tubes
on Aug 29, 2000 -
Barbara promises to go away.
Given her track record, I bet she goes back on her word this time, too. (Psst! Barbara! Be a mensch. Pay Harlan back his fifty bucks. You don't even have to include over forty years of interest, and/or any vigorish for inflation, OK?)
posted by aurelian
on Jul 20, 2000 -